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ALUMNAE MAG AZI N E 




Volume 73, 
Number 3 
Spring 2002 



A Message from the President 




"...The people 

who have envisioned 

Sweet Briar have taken 

from the landscape the 

habit of perspective, 

the habit of the long 

view, and have adapted 

that habit to time, 

seeing in their hearts 

and in their mind's 

eyes possibilities that 

would unfold over 

years and even 

decades. ' 

— President Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld. 
Inaugural Address April 1997 



Dear Alumnae and Friends, 

It is a truism to note that Sweet Briar is one of 
the largest and most beautiful college campuses in 
the nation. The beauty is more than skin deep. This 
campus is distinguished by a remarkable synergy 
between its history, its architecture so brilliantly 
conceived by Ralph Adams Cram, and its landscap- 
ing and grounds inspiring broad visions — visions 
for the eye, the intellect and the psyche. There are 
few other colleges, if any, that embody such a unity 
of body, mind and spirit, and it is this unity which 
comprises what we mean by the "sense of place" 
each alumna cherishes. 

I often stand on the second 
floor portico of Sweet Briar 
House, where each of my 
eight predecessors have also 
stood, admiring the same 
view of the rich plantings and 
foothills beyond that our 
founder observed more than 
100 years ago. I commented 
on this harmony in my inau- 
gural address in April 1997: 
"As I have walked the paths 
of this campus. . . it strikes 
me that Sweet Briar is char- 
acterized by remarkable vis- 
tas. . . The people who have 
envisioned Sweet Briar have 
taken from the landscape the 
habit of perspective, the habit 
of the long view, and have 
adapted that habit to time, 
seeing in their hearts and in 
their mind's eyes possibilities 
that would unfold over years 
and even decades. " 

Today my view includes a 
new structure being born: the 
$16 million Student 
Commons now framed on the 
southeast corner of the cam- 
pus. Imaginatively designed to incorporate Prothro 
as well as Meta Glass, Reid. and Dew residence 
halls, the new center will visually exemplify the 
College's commitment to an educational environ- 
ment that is integrated, intentional, and rooted. 
Upon its completion in fall 2002. the Student 
Commons will be Sweet Briar's "village square," 
linking an expanded Book Shop (to be relocated in 



early spring 2003) with activities and offices of stu- 
dent organizations that will draw everyone in the 
community — students, faculty, staff, and the outside 
community — into lively interaction. Naming oppor- 
tunities for several rooms, suites, and common areas 
in the complex are still available. 

This new structure underscores the fact that 
today, early in its second century. Sweet Briar con- 
tinues to enhance the physical environment in keep- 
ing with the vision of our founders. We have 
recently completed a $5 million renovation of our 
historic buildings to preserve architect Cram's 
legacy. Adaptive reuse of the former dairy barns as 
art studios is also well underway. In January of this 
year. I welcomed the Restoration Committee of The 
Garden Club of Virginia to Sweet Briar House as 
part of a grant application process which we hoped 
would lead to the Sweet Briar House gardens being 
accepted as a restoration project of this prestigious 
organization. In early February we learned that we 
have been invited to participate in the GCV's gift of 
a conceptual plan for the grounds around the 
President's home drawn by that organization's land- 
scape architect. 

Also in process is a project particularly important 
to me: the careful preservation of the three slave 
graveyards on campus. At this point, we are in the 
process of clearing and temporarily marking these 
sites, the permanent resting places of some of the 
more than 1 00 African- Americans who as slaves 
labored to build Sweet Briar Plantation, and after 
the Civil War. worked here as free laborers. You 
will read more about this initiative in future issues. 

The legacy of our land, buildings, and people is 
deeply significant because they shape the lives and 
contributions of the women who study here. Ralph 
Adams Cram designed the campus in accordance 
with this truth. He believed that "attractive sur- 
roundings and artistic buildings have a profound 
and lasting influence on the hearts and minds" of 
students. As the accomplishments of our alumnae 
and soon-to-be graduates — including 2002 
Presidential Medalists Laura Reither and Tia 
Trout — attest, the Sweet Briar experience continues 
to transform those who live and study here. Their 
ongoing achievements exemplify Sweet Briar 
College as a place of vision, place, and possibility. 





Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine [ISSN 
0039-7342). Issued four times yearty, fall, win- 
ter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. 
Periodicals postage paid at Sweet Briar, VA 
24595 and Lynchburg, VA 24506 

Send form 3579 to Sweet Brior College, Box E, 
Sweet Brior VA 24595. Telephone (434) 381- 
6131 

Sweet Brior Alumnae Magazine Policy 

One of the objectives of the magazine is to present 
interesting, thought-provoking material. Publication 
of material does not indicate endorsement of the 
author's viewpoint by the magazine, the Alumnae 
Association, or Sweet Briar College. The Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Magazine reserves the right to edit 
and, when necessary, revise all material that it 
accepts for publication 
Contact us any time! 

Boxwood Alumnae House, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595. (434) 381-6131; FAX 434-381-6132; E- 
Mail 1) (Office) alumnae@sbc.edu, 2} [Mogazine] 
sbcmagazi ne@sbc.edu 

Alumnae Association website address: 

http://www.alumnae.sbc.edu 

Sweet Briar website address: www.sbc.edu 

The Alumnae Office Staff 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, Director, 

Alumnae Association, Managing Editor, Alumnae 

Magazine 
Ann MacDonald Carter '97, Associate Director 
Melissa Coffey Fitz '98. Assistant Director 
Joan Lucy. Assistant Director, Centennial 

Coordinator 
Sandra Moddox AH '59, Assistant to the Director 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57, Editor, Alumnae 

Magazine 
Noreen Parker, Assistant Director, Assistant Editor 

& Class Notes Editor, Alumnae Magazine. 

Tour Coordinator 
Bonnie Seitz '01, Alumnae Computer 

Programs Coordinator 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Mogazine Production 

Graphic design by Nancy Blackwell Marion '74, 

The Design Group, Lynchburg, VA 
Printed by Seckman Printing, Forest, VA 



Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Spring 2002 • Vol. 73, No. 3 

INSIDE FRONT 

A Message from the President 

2 A Campus Plan Update 

By Mary Molyneux Abroms '86 
President, Little Pond Productions, Inc. 

22 Distinguished Alumna Award: 
Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 

25 Centennial Founders' Day Weekend 
2001 

26 Letters 

28 Bulletin Board 

29 In Memoriam 

3 1 Recent Deaths 

32 Alumnae College Travel Photos 

33 In the Spotlight 
42 Class Notes 

INSIDE BACK 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition: 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

BACK COVER 

Summer 2002 Alumnae College 
Programs 

COVER PHOTOS 

Color Inset: Mary Helen Cochran 
Library in 2002; Photo by Nancy 
Blackwell Marion '74 

B/W Print: Mary Helen Cochran 
Library in the 1940s 



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everal years ago, Sweet 
Briar set out to create a 
building plan that would 

k carry the College well 

into its second century. 

The main challenge was to cap- 
ture the spirit of Ralph Adams Cram's 
original vision, while providing a 
thoroughly modern infrastructure to 
match the evolving needs of 2 1 st 
century students. 

Working with the Boston firm of 
Sasaki Associates, the community 
developed a student-centered facili- 
ties blueprint, reflecting new aca- 
demic programs, a full co-curricular 
life, integrated technologies, and a 
pledge to preserve the College's 
architectural legacy. 

With the enthusiastic support of 
alumnae and friends, Sweet Briar 
wasted no time translating renova- 
tion plans and architectural drawings 
into reality. 

This issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine shows how the campus is 
benefiting academically, socially, 
and aesthetically from work com- 
pleted to date. 







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N C M P L A I N T S 

Advance Planning Keeps Campus Life 
Running Smoothly During Construction 



Imagine getting out of your constitu- 
tional law class at 12:20. meeting with 
the director of Career Services after a 
quick lunch to polish and print your 
resume, then stopping by the post office to 
drop a copy in the mail before your 1:30 
environmental sciences lab. 

It sounds like a sensible to-do list until 
you consider the logistics. 

Today those tasks involve trekking from 
Benedict, to Prothro, to Gray, to Meta 
Glass, to the Train Station. (Which means 
you should plan on skipping lunch, or put 
off mailing your resume until tomorrow, or 
show up late for class — your choice.) 

Next year, once the Student Commons 
is up and running, you'll have time to 
complete the same round of errands with 
seconds to spare. 

Of all the necessary new construction 



and renovations envisioned during the 
College's master planning process, the stu- 
dent-centered Commons project quickly 
achieved priority status, capturing the 
imagination of the entire community. A 
high level of student involvement 
impressed the architects. It also sent them 
back to the drawing board several times. 
When it is finished in the fall of 2002. 
the Student Commons will be Sweet 
Briar's "village square," a compact, effi- 
cient, lively complex of dining services, 
meeting rooms, shops, offices, and recre- 
ational areas arranged around a central 
courtyard. However, between now and 
then, the College is faced with managing a 
noisy jumble of construction crews, heavy 
machinery, mud, steel, dust, bricks, glass, 
and concrete — all situated uncomfortably 
close to the center of campus. 



"I have to admit that I was worried 
about the Student Commons project." says 
Mary Lou Merkt, vice president for 
finance and administration. "All that racket 
around the dorms. Plus the poor students 
were going to have to eat three meals a day 
in an abbreviated space. It's a lot to put up 
with. But they have been so mature and 
forgiving about the situation. We haven't 
had one complaint." 

If students were unhappy, Vice 
President Merkt would know about it. The 
College maintains both a telephone hot line 
and website devoted to construction- 
related issues. And that's not all. 
Throughout the spring and summer of 
200 1 . several key departments worked 
together to anticipate and circumvent prob- 
lems. The proactive solutions they devel- 
oped and implemented are helping to keep 

Mary Lou Merkt, vice president for finance 

and administration, and Randy Eggenspiller, 

director of physical plant, keep a close watch 

on the construction of the Student Commons. 




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Most institutions will 
tolerate construction no 
matter what toll it takes 
on people — just suck it 
up. But not Sweet Briar. 
Here, the challenge is to 
maintain student 
comfort while meeting 
the ongoing demands of 
the project. 

— Valdrie Walker 
dean of co-curricular life 

campus life on an even keel. 

"Mary Lou opened a dialog at the risk 
of creating chaos," laughs Valdrie Walker, 
dean of co-curricular life. "Let's face it: 
It's hard to be inclusive and caring when 
you're dealing with a multimillion dollar 
building project. Most institutions will tol- 
erate construction no matter what toll it 
takes on people — just suck it up. But not 
Sweet Briar. Here, the challenge is to 
maintain student comfort while meeting 
the ongoing demands of the project. And 
you know what? It works. It's possible to 
balance both." 

The College's balancing act includes 
temporary measures like extending Prothro 
dining hours and expanding student meal 
options to include the Bistro. It's also easy 
to grab a bite to eat or catch a movie off 
campus this year, thanks to a shuttle serv- 
ice that runs to Wal-Mart and the mall 
every evening during the week, downtown 
Charlottesville twice a week, and Target 
and Barnes & Noble on Sundays. 




Jeannette "Gne" Coira 'OS 
and Sasha Levine '05 test 
drive the Vixen Den's newly 
assembled furnishings, 
including funky, retro ice-cream- 
parlor tables and chairs. 



In late September, Sweet Briar opened a 
new student-only coffeehouse adjacent to 
the Bistro and Laundromat at the main 
traffic circle. Officially dubbed the Vixen 
Den during a student naming contest, the 
colorful, comfortably-furnished room 
includes a small stage for musicians, 
comedians, and novelty acts. Though it 
was built to provide a permanent "hang 



out" space where students could take a 
study break or entertain friends, the coffee- 
house is doubling as a meeting room until 
the Student Commons comes on line. 
Other small improvements are also 
helping to balance the disruption. A laun- 
dry room has been added to the basement 
of Meta Glass. Uniform, sculptural signage 
and well-desi«ned lighting continue to 



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Vixen Den, Bistro and Laundromat viewed 
from the traffic circle. 



spring up around campus. The third floor 
of Fletcher was spruced up over winter 
break with a fresh coat of paint and new- 
carpeting. 

But of all the transformations that have 
taken place this year, the 
reopening of Reid Pit 
offered the first glimmer of 
light at the end of the con- 
struction-phase tunnel. 
Renovated to accommodate 
large student meetings, 
house student media offices, 
and promote synergy among' 
student clubs and organiza- 
tions, the impressive space 
opens on what will soon 
become the Student 
Commons Courtyard, with 
the busy Prothro Hall and 
stunning Nancy Hall Green 
Atrium across the way. 

"We have a webcam 
pointed at the construction 
site." says Vice President 
Merkt. "If you go to the 
Student Commons web 
page, you can click on the 
camera and monitor the 
progress. The only com- 
plaint we've received so far 
was about the camera. One 
day there was a big pile of 
dirt sitting in front of it, 
blocking the view, and stu- 
dents wanted it moved." 



STUDENTCOMMONS.SBC.EDU 

The College's Student Commons website allows alumnae to monitor the action 
on campus from their homes and offices. 

A live construction cam, updated every ten minutes, offers a clear overview of 
the site. 

For those just tuning in. a Quicklime video clip taken during the demolition of 
Prothro Commons offers a basis for comparison. 

The latest architectural drawings and floor plans are also available at the web- 
site, along with a list of the naming opportunities featured in the Summer 2001 
President's Newsletter. The list also provides wonderful descriptions of the many 
dining areas, suites, shops, and terraces that will transform the Commons into a 
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Creative Administrators and Staff Work to Keep Spirits Up 





onths 

before bulldozers 
began rolling toward the cen- 
ter of campus. President Muhlenfeld made a simple request. 
She wanted the signs surrounding the Student Commons con 
struction site to cany lighthearted, "chin-up" messages. Her 
suggestion set the tone, inspiring the community to approach 
inevitable disruptions with a sense of humor. 

Two of the departments hardest hit by the demo- 
lition of Prothro Commons last spring. Dining 
Services and the Office of Co-Curricular Life, have 
been working overtime to keep spirits up. 

Presented with the task of providing three 
meals a day in half the space, the Dining Services 
staff responded by expanding mealtime hours, 
reviewing traffic patterns, and rearranging tables 
to offer a high level of comfort (not to mention a 
gorgeous view of ongoing construction). They 
also created a Palate Pleaser newsletter, updat- 
ing students on temporary changes and outlin- 
ing new collaborations with the Bistro. 

One of the most hilarious "pardon our 
dust" efforts can be seen in the hallway 
outside the office of Valdrie Walker, dean 
of Co-Curricular Life. Days before new 
students were set to arrive for Orientation, 
she discovered a surprise waiting outside 
her door: an oversize Barbie doll had been 
delivered courtesy of the 
mysterious 




Faculty Fun Club. 
"After I finished 
laughing," says Dean 
Walker, "I did what I 
do with every free 
hand around here — I 
put her to work." 

The doll, dubbed 
"Little Val," was 
immediately put in 
charge of taking con- 
struction-related com- 
plaints. After months 
of careful planning — 
of long hours spent 
reconfiguring residen- 
tial personnel, rou- 
tines, rooms, and facilities to accommodate the needs of both 
students and construction crews — the exhausted, punchy Co- 
Curricular staff was more than happy to let Little 
Val deal with any unanticipated 
glitches. So far so good. 

"We intended to keep her on 
the job for a week or two." says 
Dean Walker. "But she's 
become such an icon, people 
protest every time we threaten to 
let her retire." 




Valdrie Walker, dean of co-curricular life, with "Little Val 



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KEPIJKl'OSIiXO fe . 

The Student Organizations Suite is "exactly the way students wanted it" 



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I^Jhe reopening of Reid Pit fall 

semester held a special significance 
for Young Alumna Trustee Leah 
Soli van '01. During her tenure as SGA 
president (2000-2001). she played a direct 
role in partitioning the expansive, ground- 
floor space to match student needs and 
enhance student interaction. 

The newly-renovated "Pit." now called 
the Student Organizations Suite, houses a 
cluster of student media offices — newspa- 
per, literary magazine, yearbook, radio, 
web, and television — while providing 
ample meeting and work room for nearly 
40 additional student organizations. 

Though students actively participated 
in all phases of planning for the Student 
Commons complex, the layout of the new 
Organizations Suite is exceptionally their 
own. The floor plan was hashed out in a 
special, late-night meeting initiated by 
students that included key representatives 
from the administration and faculty. 

"It was a difficult situation," recalls 
Leah, "because the architects were really 
slaving over the plans, trying to get things 
right. But, in their effort to centralize 
services and offices in a single complex, 
they started trimming the areas available 
for student programming. 

"We spoke up. making President 
Muhlenfeld, Dean Walker, and other 
Student Commons Committee members 
aware of our concerns. A week later, we 
were able to arrange a 9:00 p.m. meeting 
in Guion to go over the drawings without 
the architects there." 

With Professor Wassell at the white 
board and the director of the College's 
physical plant on hand, the committee 
reviewed and redesigned the spaces in 
question. "It was an exciting process," 
says Leah. "Everyone was very open and 

The Student Organizations Suite features an 
enormous work and meeting room, half of 
which is pictured here. The recently renovated 
space also provides offices for several student 
media organizations. 

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respectful of each other. And the plans we 
came up with that night are the plans that 
are in use today. We worked especially 
hard on the details for Reid Pit, so it's just 
incredible to see it complete — just exactly 
the way students wanted it." 

Looking back, Leah 
ranks the extra hours she 
devoted to the College's 
construction projects as top- 
notch preparation for the 
"real world." 



"In my current job as an IBM software 
engineer," Leah explains, "I work in 
teams all the time. My Sweet Briar expe- 
rience — especially the time spent working 
hand-in-hand with administrators, faculty, 
and students — gave me the 
skills I needed to work effi- 
ciently, creatively, and com- 
fortably with other people 
in a corporate environ- 
I ment." 




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Florence Elston Inn 

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oon after the SBC community 
approved the College's new master 
plan in April 1998, work began on 
several fronts. 

Construction of the Florence Elston 
Inn and Conference Center required relo- 
cating the Post Office, Campus Safety. 
Bistro and other services to various tem- 
porary and permanent quarters around 



campus. Crews of stonemasons, carpen- 
ters, and roofers descended on the historic 
district, scattering heavy equipment, scaf- 
folding, and plastic tenting everywhere 
they went, from Fletcher to Faculty Row. 

The Sweet Briar Train Station was 
transformed once again, this time into wet 
laboratories for environmental studies, 
while the station's previous tenant, the art 
studio department, was busy putting the 
old dairy to creative reuse. Indoors and 
out, steady improvements to the Harriet 
Howell Rogers Riding Center are ensur- 
ing its status as a premier facility. Reid 
Residence Hall has air-conditioning and 
Dew is next in line. 

Alumnae returning for the College's 
April 2001 Centennial Celebration were 
greeted by a brick, copper-domed 
Gatehouse reminiscent of the Bell Tower. 
New sienaae directed them around a 



refurbished campus, complete with a 
recreation of the Library's original reflect- 
ing pool. Even the Cupola bells were 
cleaned and polished in time for the occa- 
sion. 

The campus never looked better. But 
what alumnae glimpsed that weekend was 
just the beginning of a twenty-year plan. 
When the festivities ended, work 
resumed, kicking off with the demolition 
of Prothro Commons to make way for the 
new Student Commons or "village 
square." 

So far, almost two dozen campus 
buildings have been renovated or con- 
structed in the course of this rolling 
process, revamping facilities to match the 
College's strategic academic and co-cur- 
ricular coals. 



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jter • Benedict • Bistro • Carson • Dairy/Art Studio 
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THE HISTORIC DISTRICT 

For the stewards of Cram's legacy, the devil is 



Ralph Adams Cram's original plan 
for the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library included a formally-land- 
scaped plaza complete with a reflecting 
pool to complement the building's ornate 
facade. 

Of all the work accomplished in the 
historic district during the past three 
years, the recreation of Cram's library 
forecourt is certainly the most dramatic. 
However, as historical architect Douglas 
Harnsberger is quick to point out, "The 
character of Cram's work is not just com- 
municated in the big picture. It's also 
found in the details." 

The details Harnsberger is talking 
about appear in dozens of forms, some 
involving Cram's choice of indigenous 
materials. 

"One of Cram's signature qualities as 
an architect," says Harnsberger, "was the 
use of products derived from the region. 
Bricks were hand-made on Sweet Briar's 
campus. The limestone used in the mortar 
was quarried locally. Slate for the roofs 
came from Buckingham County. That's 
the definition of organic architecture. It is 
truly of this place." 

Part of preserving Cram's legacy has 
involved finding leading-edge, historic 
craftsmen like Jimmy Price, who formu- 
lated the properly-colored, lime-based 
mortar used in repointing brick through- 
out the district. 

Many of the other details Harnsberger 
has been contending with consist of 
"small gestures" or the "character- 
defining" features in Cram's work. 
The hardware on the doors, the 
beveled glass intentionally 
detailed to repli- 




cate original wood panels, the large 
sconces on the exterior of Pannell — all of 
these items were carefully selected to 
sympathize with Cram's Georgian 
Revival style, while also meeting the 
College's requirements for safety and 
affordability. 

Funded through a combination of his- 
toric tax credits and savings from efficien- 
cies in plant operations, the cumulative 
effect of large- and small-scale improve- 
ments to the historic district is dazzling. 

"In the main, I think it's safe to say 
that the 'skins' of these buildings have a 
new 100-year life," says Harnsberger. 
"The most exciting thing for me has been 
working with first-class firms in roofing, 
masonry, and woodworking. It's been an 
ideal collaboration, something unprece- 
dented in my 25 years in business. The 
quality of Cram's work inspires people to 
do their best." 




Benedict's top-to-bottom exterior renovation include 
cleaning the granite stairs and lighting the walkwa) 
with appropriate, ornamental pole fixtures. The 
restored fan window above the front door was disc 
ered in the basement of Faculty Row Residence 9. 




"Before" photos by 

Doug Harnsberger and Associates 

"After" photos by 

Nancy Blackwell Marion '74 



The entrance to Pannell clearly illustrates how "small 
gestures" are working to restore the character of 
Cram's Georgian Revival architecture. (Who knew 
that there were windows behind those boxwoods?) 



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Throughout the historic district, replacement elements like these lime- 
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The Library's newly-restored reflecting pool 
provides a natural place for students to 
gather. Renovations also entailed relocating 
the large satellite dishes that once overshad- 
owed the building's elegant roofline. 



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The historic residences on Faculty Row were 
among the first buildings to undergo compre- 
hensive exterior renovations. 



Unsightly safety lights 
and electrical conduit 
have been removed 
and replaced with 
less obtrusive fix- 
tures. 



On buildings throughout the 
campus, inappropriate store- 
front doors have been 
replaced with recreations 
based on Cram's originals. 




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nnants of Fletcher's original rooftop balustrade 
-e discovered in one of the College's dairy barns, 
surviving pieces served as important guides in 
effort to restore the building's classical silhouette. 







Every effort was made to preserve and restore the 
superior quality of Sweet Briar's Flemish bond brickwork. 



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It E A L I T Y 

Professor Laing's Centennial Exhibition Offers 
a Revealing Window into the College's 

History 

Professor Aileen "Ninie" Laing '57 retired from the art history 
department in May 2001, only to return the following fall semester 
to co-host the Centennial exhibition and symposium "Sweet Briar 
College and Ralph Adams Cram: Dreams and Reality." 

The event, which Professor Laing aptly calls "a labor of love," took six 
years of research and planning, engaging a broad 
range of community support along the way. 
From Buildings and Grounds, to the library, to 
the President's Office — dozens of faculty, staff, 
alumnae, and students participated in the proj- 
ect. 

The exhibition, curated by Professor Laing 
and co-hosted with Rebecca Massie Lane, 
director of College Galleries, featured early 
site plans submitted by Cram, Goodhue and 
Ferguson; a treasured architectural model 
(circa 1902); and artistic renderings reserved for formal pre- 
sentations, along with functional blueprints used in actual construction. 

While it was fascinating to see plans for Sweet Briar's existing build- 
ings unfold, Cram's "unbuilt" campus — including proposals for the 
Chapel, Fine Arts Building, and East Entrance — proved to be even more 
intriguing. 

For alumnae who could not attend Professor 
Laing's exhibition and gallery talk, copies of the 
catalogue are still available through the Sweet 
Briar Book Shop. The generous illustrations and 
insightful essays in Sweet Briar College and 
Ralph Adams Cram: Dreams and Reality offer a 
revealing window into the College's history. 

The catalogue is more than Professor Laing's 
parting gift to Sweet Briar, it is a challenge to all 
alumnae and friends of the College to continue 
building on her caring, painstaking research. 




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Preservation sponsors a program 
called BARN AGAIN! for farmers 
and ranchers who resolve to rehabilitate 
their historic buildings for continued farm 
use. 

Though the Collegers Art Farm Project 
does not officially qualify as BARN 
AGAIN!. Joe Monk, associate professor 
of studio art. has been unquestionably 
uplifted by a similar spirit. 

For years. Professor Monk taught his 
ceramics, sculpture, and 3-D design 
classes in the Sweet Briar Train Station, 
using the nearby Caboose as his office. 
The arrangement looked inviting from the 



outside. But inside, a lack of space 
cramped students both physically and cre- 
atively. 

"In those days." recalls Professor 
Monk, "the number one question was not 
'What do you think of my work?" but 
"Where can I find a safe place to put 
this?'" 

In fall 2000. the College renovated the 
milking parlor and adjacent facilities to 
serve as a ceramics and sculpture studio. 
The new space — three times the size of 
the previous studio — houses five throwing 
wheels with more on the way. three kilns; 
a damp room: a loading dock: rooms for 
woodworking, sculpture, and glazing: and 



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an outdoor sculpture 
area. 

The conversion was 
relatively inexpensive and 
easy to achieve. And no wonder. 
Professor Monk had been quietly plan- 
ning his move to the promised-land dairy 
for nine years. "Or maybe it was 15 
years.'" he says. "Anyway, it seemed like 
a long time and I knew exactly how I 
would set things up when the moment 
arrived." 

Walking from one bright, spacious 
room to another. Whitney Bryant '02 acts 
as a tour guide, proudly explaining the 
origins of the studio's fixtures and fur- 



THINKING 

Student ideas are expanding 
to fill new studio art spaces 




Rachel Howell '03, above; her 
table, at left 




I^or Professor Monk, one of the most satisfy- 
4 ing outcomes of his move to the Dairy has 
, been giving students the go-ahead to tackle 
large, messy, long-term projects. 

This year, two students are working on substan- 
tial pieces, projects that would have presented seri- 
ous space and storage problems just a few years 
ago. 

Rachel Howell '03. a studio art major interested 
in furniture design and restoration, is building a 
new table around a set of antique legs she discov- 
ered at a flea market. 

"I'm a scavenger." she says, "just like Professor 
Monk." 

Last year, Rachel transformed an old. discarded 
medicine cabinet into an intricately-carved art 
object worthy of display on a gallery wall. 

Transforming her table legs to a comparable level is going to be a 
considerable task. 

"This is by far the biggest project I've done to date and 
I know there's a lot to learn along the way," says 
Rachel. "That's what I love about the art department at 
Sweet Briar. You find yourself involved in things you never 
thought you could do." 

Trisha Olson '02, a premed major and Turning Point stu- 
dent, says she "never did anything artsy until she came to 
Sweet Briar." The closest she came to sculpting was making 
sand sculptures of people and horses at the beach. 

Her interest in reconstructive surgery led her to consider tak- 
ing a course with Professor Monk her junior year. "I surprised 
myself." laughs Trisha. "I wish I had known earlier. I would have 
taken more art classes." 
Despite the 
demands of her major, Trisha is 
pursuing an independent study 
in studio art this year. Her goal 
is to create a life-size sculpture 
of Daisy sitting in her garden. 

"It's a long way from sand on 
the beach!" says Trisha. "and 
I'm glad for the opportunity to 
see it through. I wanted to create 
something that would express 
my appreciation for the College 
and maybe inspire other 
students." 



Trisha Olson '02 with 

a model for her 

life-size sculpture of 

Daisy Williams 




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Photo courtesy Jan Osinga 

nishings. In the glazing area, the double 
doors and stainless steel sink are from the 
old Wailes Center Bistro. The damp room 
was formerly a walk-in refrigerator. The 
floors are the original soapstone. Some of 
the work benches came from the psychol- 
ogy department. Others are kitchen tables 
from the old Boxwood Inn, where 
Professor Monk taught his first classes in 
1975. 

Most of the studio art majors who took 
classes in the Train Station have gradu- 
ated. Tracey Gail '02 is one of the few 
remaining who can comment on the 
change. "If I had to single out one 
improvement." says Tracey, "I'd have to 
say the extra room for the kilns, the 
wheels, and damp storage. It's less claus- 
trophobic; you're not competing for 
space. You can plan a project and then 
work on it over a longer period of time. 

"I don't know who or how many alum- 
nae helped to make this happen. But I 
want them to know how grateful we are. I 
want to say thanks." 






An enormous work table now spans the "grease pit" in the milking parlor, where Louis Mannon 
(front) and Jim Branhan (back) once stood milking and washing cows. Professor Monk uses the 
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A CHAIN REACTION 

The College's next phase of "art-barn" improvements 
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second phase of renovations to the Dairy. 



"It's not often that you 
can meet the specific 
needs of a single 
project like the art farm 
and, at the same time, 
advance so many of 
the community's other 
goals in areas ranging 
from campus preserva- 
tion, to theatre arts, 
to student life." 

— Ivana Pehuu-Zaiko 

Vice President for Development 

and College Relations 



Building on the success of the ceramics and sculp- 
ture studio's move to the milking parlor and processing 
room, the College is turning its sights on another barn 
directly across the way. 

The new studio will provide essential, centralized 
space for the many art classes and facilities now scat- 
tered across the campus. Plans for the second art barn 
include well-equipped drawing and design rooms; a 
darkroom and photo lab; a wood shop; a frame shop; a 
small gallery: increased and better-configured spaces 
for student equipment and supplies; and faculty offices 
and studios. 

On a practical, day-to-day level, it makes perfect 
sense to bring all of the studio arts together to promote 
interaction and renew an important part of Sweet Briar's architectural legacy. The 
Dairy offers exactly the type of work spaces visual artists covet — airy, with high ceil- 
ings and plenty of natural light. 

The barns are also tough enough to take years of spatters and spills. Large, out- 
door projects — works-in-progress that would create quite a mess on the central cam- 
pus — can be carried out in an exciting, supportive, artists-colony-like environment. 

In addition to having the look and feel of an artists' retreat. Sweet Briar's new 
facilities will allow the studio art department to more easily accommodate and work 
with Sweet Briar Fellows-in-Residence and volunteer artists from the VCCA. 
Viewed from the perspective of the College's long-term academic and co- 
curricular goals, repurposing the Dairy not only energizes and expands the studio art 
program, it instantly frees space for other important initiatives. 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko. vice president for development and college relations, calls it a 
•"chain reaction." Giving studio art a new home with room to grow allows the dance 
program to move into Babcock. placing it strategically next to the auditorium stage. 
And that's not all. 
"Removing dance from 
the Daisy Williams 
Gymnasium." the vice presi- 
dent explains, "will allow the 
fitness center to expand into 
that space, beginning the 
transformation of the old 
gym into a much-needed 
campus recreational center. 

"It's not often that you can 
meet the specific needs of a 
single project like the art 
farm and, at the same time, 
advance so many of the com- 
munity's other goals in areas 
ranging from campus preser- 
vation, to theatre arts, to stu- 
dent life." 




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Next fall marks the 25th anniversary of the College"s 
unique and rewarding relationship with the Virginia 
Center for the Creative Arts. 

In 1977, after a successful trial session. Sweet Briar entered 
into a lease agreement with the artists' colony, giving the VCCA 
a home on the College-owned Mt. San Angelo estate. Both par- 
ties acted in good faith, believing that close proximity (the estate 
is only a mile from the campus) would serve to strengthen and 
enrich their communities. Time has confirmed the accuracy of 
their vision. 

Increasing official and informal exchanges between the two 
institutions make interactions among artists, faculty, and students 
difficult to characterize. 

Each academic year, the Sweet Briar Fellows-in-Residence 
program provides VCCA residencies for several artists who. in 
turn, contribute to the College's academic program. Participating 
artists are contacted by and work with the College faculty to pre- § 
pare lectures or workshops that complement the curriculum. 

Outside of the SBC Fellows program, many VCCA artists 
volunteer to participate in academic life. Interested residents ]| 
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Strong Ties Between SBC and the VCCA 
Include Alumnae Artists 



Susan Hobbs Crowder '65 resides in 
Charlottesville, Virginia, where the 
Bayly Museum at UVA recently spon- 
sored her outdoor sculpture for an 
exhibition entitled Hindsight/Fore-site. 
While working on the project on a 
farm outside of the city, she began to 
think about the environmental impli- 
cations of genetic engineering. It's a 
theme she is continuing to explore 
during her Forsyth Fellowship at the 
VCCA. 



Occasionally the VCCA finds itself lacking the material or 
equipment to meet an artist's request. In response to these 
"emergencies." Sweet Briar faculty have generously provided 
access to the College's art facilities, a favor which often trans- 
lates into impromptu, after-hours learning experiences for stu- 
dents. 

Beyond the classroom, it's not unusual for artists, faculty, and 
students to meet informally at campus lectures, recitals, or films. 
And even though the VCCA is first and foremost a private 
retreat, students and faculty are frequently invited to exhibits, 
recitals, and demonstrations at Mt. San Angelo. 

In recent years the relationship between the College and the 
VCCA has been further enhanced by the Harry D. Forsyth 
Fellowship, a two-week residency granted to Sweet Briar alum- 
nae pursuing careers in the visual arts. So far. two graduates, 
Elizabeth Sauder '84 and Jane Rabadi '95, have benefited from 
this wonderful gift and Susan Crowder '65 is on her way. Their 
experiences underscore what valuable support the Forsyth 
Fellowship offers to former SBC students. 

For Elizabeth McAlmont Wassel Sauder '84 the opportunity 
to retreat to the VCCA could not have come at a better time. She 
packed her car full of supplies, drove over the mountain from 
Lexington. Virginia, and jumped right into her prep work. 

"By the early summer of 1999." recalls Elizabeth. "I'd 
reached a frustrating plateau. 1 was a plein air painter, and I'd 
been taking my easel out and painting things in the landscape to 

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the point where I could do it blindfolded. I knew that, in order to 
move forward. I needed to see in an entirely new way. I was 
beginning to think that getting away for awhile might help. 
And — talk about perfect timing — not too long afterwards I got 
the call about the Fellowship. 

"It was manna from heaven. My work took off in a totally 
different direction. I cannot say enough good things about the 
Forsyth Fellowship. I don't know if the College realizes it. but 
my two weeks at the VCCA were similar to my Sweet Briar 
experience. Both places offer the solitude and the time required 
to find your own path." 

Jane Rabadi '95 flew from Denver to Dulles on September 
10. 2001 and drove down to the VCCA. "Fellows are given two 
years to fulfill the grant." says Jane. "I picked September 10th at 
random, almost a year and a half after I received the award. It 
was very nice to be surrounded by other artists and close to the 
College the following morning when the towers went down." 

After graduation. Jane launched her artistic career working 
primarily in charcoal and pastels on paper. Part of her mission at 
the VCCA included making a switch to acrylics. It was a sensi- 
ble goal. But in the process of achieving it. something surprising 
occurred. 

"The minute I stepped in the studio." says Jane, "any doubts 
or fears I had just disappeared. I was not only changing medi- 
ums. I was taking on a new direction — changing perspectives. It 
was a major turning point. I know these sudden leaps are always 

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part of a longer progression — there"s never one moment that 
does it all — but it felt instantaneous and empowering. I want to 
send a big thank you to everyone who helped make it possible." 

While both Elizabeth and Jane took time out to visit with 
Sweet Briar professors and students, Susan Hobbs Crowder '65 
is planning to make those contacts a central part of her resi- 
dency. 

Susan is using her stay at the VCCA to develop an interdisci- 
plinary project for colleges and universities. Specifically, she is 
interested in exploring ways artists, scientists, students, and oth- 
ers might interact to increase our understanding of important 
environmental issues. 

In the first phase of her career. Susan sculpted in traditional 
materials and forms, carving marble and casting small bronzes. 
Then, in 1987. she was invited to create a large-scale, site- 
specific work at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, using 
ephemeral materials from nature. "It was so much fun." says 
Susan. "I never looked back." 

Three years ago. Susan was asked to contribute to a 
Neuberger Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition at SUNY 
Purchase. The site she selected on the campus was part of an 
archeological dig. Researching and consulting with archeology 
professors and students, she created an 1 8th century kitchen gar- 
den adjacent to what had been a farmhouse. 

"A lot of it was artificial," explains Susan, "but it looked like 
a garden, including vegetables, flowers, and medicinal plants. 
The students got very involved. It made the farmhouse and the 
surrounding land come alive for them. And that's really what 
got me interested in doing more of these types of interdiscipli- 
nary projects." 



Elizabeth McAlmont 
Wassel Sauder '84 
closed her sign 
painting business in 
1994 to pursue her 
art full-time. She is a 
member of the coop- 
erative Artists in 
Cahoots. Some of 
her older works and 
new paintings like 
Redneck Rothko can 
be viewed at 
www.artistsinca- 
hoots.com. 





Jane Rabadi '95 is living in Denver, Colorado, where she is working 
diligently to establish her art career. A colorist with a penchant for por- 
traiture and architecture, her pastels can be seen at www.artistsregis- 
ter.com. (The stairwells in Ronacher are representative of her newer 
work.) 

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TOUCHING OUIET 

Artist Mindy Weisel illustrates how Sweet 
Briar inspires (and provides welcome 
distractions for) VCCA residents 



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THl ne Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is the onl) 
artists" colony in the country with direct connections 
to a college or university. For 25 years, internation- 
ally-renowned writers, visual artists, choreographers, and 
composers have been browsing the Sweet Briar Book Shop, 
cooling off at the lake, and attending College lectures, films. 
and events. 

As a result, impressions of the campus frequently pop up 
in the poems, paintings, and musical compositions produced 
by VCCA residents. 

Recently, artist Mindy Weisel published her VCCA jour- 
nal and paintings together in a beautiful, contemplative book 
titled Touching Quiet: Reflections in Solitude (Capital Books 
2000). 

In it she writes that her friend Joelle. a composer from 
New York, has sheet music covering the walls of her piano 
studio. The piece, it turns out, is called The Sweet Briar 
Elegies. 

The book also references the Book Shop along with 
another area landmark, S'Amanda's, the eclectic food, gift, 
and clothing boutique owned by Sweet Briar alumna 
Amanda de Coligny '68: 

"It's July in Virginia! I'm feeling less lonely, am finding 
my friends and the conversation interesting — yesterday went 
to Sweet Briar with Ann (bought Nabokov's Lolita) and met 
Marilyn, a writer from the University of Kentucky, at 
S'Amanda's, a 1960s-looking health food cafe, for lunch. 
She picked out a perfect cool cotton turquoise top for me. I 
bought ground barley to mix in a drink — keeps you healthy 
they say. Tastes vile!..." 




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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA AWARD 



2001 DISTINGUISHED 
ALUMNA AWARD TO 

JOANNE 
HOLBROOK 
PATTON '52 

Introduction of 

Joanne Holbrook Patton at 

Founders ' Day Convocation, 

September 21, 2001 

By Diane Dalton '67, 

President of the Alumnae 

Association 




Joanne Patton accepts her award 

I am very honored that one of my first official duties as President 
of the Alumnae Association is to present the 2001 
Distinguished Alumna Award to Joanne Holbrook Patton. a 
graduate of Sweet Briar*s Class of 1952. This award honors 
"alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to 
Sweet Briar College through outstanding accomplishments in a 
volunteer or professional capacity." Joanne has fulfilled the 
award's criteria in both capacities. The selection committee of 
alumnae and members of the faculty and administration agreed 
that Joanne's remarkable record of service, both as a volunteer 
and as a professional volunteer administrator, makes her a most 
worthy recipient. It is also most fitting that as we begin this 
symposium celebrating Sweet Briar's Center for Civic Renewal, 
we honor an alumna who has practiced civic renewal at the 
highest levels: Joanne's volunteerism is a fine example of the kind 
of spirit and effort that the Center for Civic Renewal is fostering. 
Joanne's whole life has been one of service to others. She was 
a military wife from 1952 to 1980. As the wife of Major General 
George S. Patton and the daughter-in-law of four-star General 
Patton. she could have chosen a pleasant life of social privilege. 
But not Joanne. While raising their own family of five, she was 
a volunteer par excellence with the army and the Red Cross, help- 
ing military families in the areas of child development and serv- 
ices to the handicapped. She became the first National Volunteer 
Consultant, Service to the Armed Forces, for the American Red 
Cross and first Volunteer Consultant for Army Community 



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Service at Headquarters, Department of the Army. She received 
the United States Army's highest civilian service decorations, the 
Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the Distinguished 
Civilian Sen ice Decoration. 

When General Patton retired from the army in 1980, the family 
moved to "Green Meadows," their farm in Hamilton, MA. Joanne 
did not rest on her laurels: she founded her own business, Patton 
Consultant Services, which presented workshops and directed 
projects for non-profit organizations all over the country. For 
example, one workshop, entitled "Ready, Willing. Enable." aimed 
to involve persons with disabilities in volunteer programs; Joanne 
and her co-presenter gave this workshop at local, national, and 
international conferences and also produced a series of TV pro- 
grams on the subject. 

Joanne became a leader in the development and recognition of 
the new profession of volunteer administration. She was actively 
involved with the international Association for Volunteer 
Administration from 1962 to 1996, and in 1987 won that organi- 
zation's Distinguished Member Service Award. 

It would be impossible to list the legion of volunteer commit- 
ments that Joanne has undertaken, or the honors she has won. To 
mention just a few more: Joanne was appointed by the state gov- 
ernor to the Massachusetts National and Community Service 
Commission: was named 1997 Business Woman of the Year by 
the North Shore Women in Business group; won the Order of the 
White Plume from the U.S. Army Community and Family 
Support Center of the Office of the Adjutant General in 1990; has 
served on the Parent Advisory Committee for Massachusetts 
Special Olympics; has held office in the Hamilton/Wenham 
Business Council in Hamilton, MA and the Danvers, MA 
Chamber of Commerce; has served on the boards of Walnut Hill 
School for the Performing Ails and Norwich University in 
Northfield. VT. and been a member of Mount Vernon College's 
Alumnae Task Force on Future Directions; and with her husband, 
was a joint winner of the 1998 Outstanding Service Award from 
Norwich University North Shore Alumni. Joanne also has been a 
keynote speaker for countless groups, including Sweet Briar 
College where she gave the Founders' Day address in 1984. 

Joanne retired her company in 1998 in order to devote more 
time to family and friends and to focus more closely on Green 
Meadows Farm, which the Pattons have developed into a very 
successful operation. Known for its high-quality produce and for 
its outreach programs to the community, the farm is a place where 
families may come to pick their own fruits, enjoy hayrides, and 
learn what it takes to make land both productive and beautiful. 

With her marvelous ability to organize people and get things 
done. Joanne has improved the lives of millions. Yet on an indi- 
vidual level, every person who encounters her is affected by the 
spirit of warmth and genuine caring that radiates from her. "Just 
hearing your name gives me a lift," commented one alumna, and I 
think she speaks for us all. 

Throughout her busy career and family life. Joanne has 
remained dedicated to Sweet Briar. The Alumnae Association 
Board, at its April 21. 2001 meeting, adopted in her honor a reso- 
lution which was written into the Board minutes. I'm delighted to 
present to Joanne a framed copy of the resolution along with the 
2001 Distinguished Alumna Award. 



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RESOLUTION 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar 
College Alumnae Association, assembled on April 21. 2001, 
acknowledges with gratitude the honor and glory that our 
2001 Distinguished Alumna. Joanne Holbrook Patton of the 
Class of 1952. has brought to Sweet Briar College through 
her accomplishments in the many areas of the non-profit 
world. Joanne is a leader in developing the profession of 
volunteer administration, and in her extensive record as a 
volunteer. We are also most grateful for Joanne's eight years 
of service on Sweet Briar College's Board of Directors, from 
1989 to 1997. For seven of these years she held the critical 
post of Chair of the Nominating Committee, and for two 
years, was Secretary. The board benefited greatly from her 
organizational and visionary talents. 

Joanne has always made Sweet Briar both a volunteer and a 
philanthropic priority. Currently a member of the College's 
Centennial Commission, she has orchestrated many Sweet 
Briar events in the Boston area and offered the overwhelm- 
ing Patton hospitality to Sweet Briar presidents, staff, and 
alumnae. Joanne is a strong supporter of the College's over- 
all goals, with a particular interest in the Honors Initiative 
for which she has been both a generous donor and vigorous 
fund-raiser, working on the Honors Campaign Committee 
during the 1990s Campaign for Sweet Briar College. She has 
served as Fund Agent for her class and chaired the Reunion 
Gifts Committee for their 40 m Reunion in 1992. A longtime 
member of The President's Circle of notable donors, she is a 
member of The Williams Associates, having named Sweet 
Briar as a beneficiary in her will. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its 
deepest appreciation to Joanne for the leadership and inspira- 
tion she brings to Sweet Briar and to the world. They do so 
by way of this Resolution to be recorded in the official 
Minutes and to be transmitted to her. 

Diane B. Dalton '67 

President, Sweet Briar 

Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki 

Zingaro '80 

Director, Sweet Briar 

College Alumnae Association 



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2001 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA AWARD 



Recipients of the 
Distinguished Alumna Award 

The Distinguished Alumna Award, 
established in 1 988, recognizes 
alumnae who have brought distinc- 
tion to themselves and to Sweet Briar 
College through their outstanding 
accomplishments in a volunteer or 
professional capacity. 

1988 

Dorothy Rouse-Bottom '49 
Diana Muldaur Dozier '60 
Karin Lawson '74 

1989 

Hallam Hurt '67 

1990 

Virginia Upchurch Collier '72 

Katherine Upchurch Takvorian '72 

1991 

Ann Henderson Bannard '49 

Sadie Gwin Allen Blackburn '45 

1992 

Marshalyn YearginAllsopp '68 

1993 

Molly Haskell Sarris '61 

1994 

Anna Chao Pai '57 

1995 
Joan Vail Thorne '5 1 

1996 

Beryl Bergquist Farris '71 

1997 

Georgene M. Vairo '72 

1998 

Katharine Crommelin Milton '62 

1999 

Patricia Traugott Rouse '48 

2000 

Connie Burwell White '34 

2001 

Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 



ACCEPTANCE OF 
THE DISTINGUISHED 
ALUMNA AWARD 

By Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 

A t this moment in time... how could I not feel inadequate to 
/ \ receive from this distinguished institution and my sister 
/ \ alumnae an accolade of this magnitude. I truly have pon- 
dered the "why" I was selected and the "how" I could possibly 
accept it... and I have decided that it must be a tribute to Sweet 
Briar"s gift to us all. of freedom of choice. 

How else could it be that a graduate who chose marriage and 
a lifetime of unsalaried service over advanced degrees and the 
chance to drive for the gold in a "Fortune 500" culture might be 
considered "distinguished" by an academic institution' 1 How 
could a woman who first entered the "real" business world after 
the age of fifty and who ends her business career running a 
small produce farm in New England be worthy of recognition by 
her college? 

The answer for me came from the husband I married one 
week after graduation from Sweet Briar, a military professional 
who used to cite a quality of leadership he called "coup d'oeil." 
It was, he said, the ability in critical moments to take an action 
that turned out to have successful results. Afterward, many peo- 
ple called it "luck." he said — but he believed it to be the result 
of long-term preparation and continuing education, that created 
a base of knowledge and confidence which made a critical judg- 
ment call the right one. most of the time. 

By honoring me today, my alma mater tells me that she trusts 
those of us who have been privileged to receive a Sweet Briar 
College education to make right decisions in our lives — however 
those decisions may seem at the time to be wrong or unpopular 
ones. As a clergyman on our national daj of mourning last 
Sunday said, "Freedom of choice is not freedom from risk." 
Sweet Briar College has given each of us the freedom to choose 
the way we will travel through life, accepting the risk that we 
may fail or may even fail her. Her confidence in her daughters 
gives us the confidence to chart new paths, to make life- 
affecting decisions, and to accept the risk that freedom of choice 
carries with it. Those heroic firefighters in New York City 
understood that risk. Indiana Fletcher Williams understood it. 
the President of the United States understands it. and more than 
ever today, so do we. 

I would have it no other way and I hope you would not. 
Thank you. Sweet Briar, for once upon a time giving Joanne 
Holbrook my freedom to choose, and today, for approving the 
results. 



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Centennial Founders' Day Weekend 2001 
Combined Alumnae Council, Founders' Day, and Two Symposia 




Founders' Day Presidential Party assembles. L-r: Dean Stahl; Chaplain Brewer; Alumnae Association 
President Diane Dalton '67; Distinguished Alumna Joanne Holbrook Patton '52; President Muhlenfeld; 
Professor of Government Barbara Perry; Helen Muchison Lane '46; Edward Lane 

Festivities began with the Ralph Adams Cram 
Architectural Symposium, 
"Sweet Briar College and Ralph 
Adams Cram: Dreams and 
Reality."celebrating SBC history 
and heritage through an 
exhibition/symposium organized by 
just-retired Art History Professor 
Aileen Laing '57 and Rebecca 
Massie Lane, director of College 
Galleries and Arts Management. 

Babcock was packed for 
Founders' Day Convocation. 
Highlights: the official naming of 
the Muchison-Lane Auditorium in 
grateful appreciation of the contributions of Helen 
Murchison Lane '46 and her husband Edward Lane; 
the kick-off address for the Center for Civic Renewal 
Symposium, "271*: From Recounts to Renewal After 
'The Perfect Storm,'" by Dr. Larry Sabato, political 
analyst and professor at UVA: the presentation of the 
Distinguished Alumna Award to Joanne Holbrook 
Patton '52. 

After the memorial service at the Monument and a 
community picnic in the Quad, Doris Kearns 
Goodwin. SBC's first honorary degree recipient, 
noted journalist and presidential historian, treated her 
audience to an evocative, thought-provoking talk. 

Saturday the CCR Symposium closed with Judge 
Kenneth Starr, independent federal prosecutor, 
addressing the machinations within the Supreme 
Court surrounding two hearings that decided the 
2000 presidential election. 

More than 300 alumnae attended. Consideration is 
being given to offering similar fall events each year 
as, in President Muhlenfeld's words, "an Intellectual 
Homecoming." 




Seniors lay memorial Daisies at 



Photos © David Abrams 



Doris Kearns Goodwin at book 
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m a i 



To the Class of 1958 

I taught history at Sweet Briar 
from 1 954 to 1 956. My wife, 
Agatha, taught at the nursery 
school. We sponsored the Class 
of 1 958. After two years at 
SBC, I accepted a professorial 
position at W&L, but we kept in 
contact with our Sweet Briar stu- 
dent and faculty friends. The lit- 
tle bird bath in the nursery 
school yard is a memorial for 
our son Tommy who was with us 
at Sweet Briar and who died 
three years later. 

Agatha died in 1997. She 
was close to a number of stu- 
dents. I would like to keep up 
with the class that we sponsored 
through the Alumnae Magazine. 

My home address is 8330 
Millman Street, Philadelphia, PA 
191 18 (e-mail 

thughes@sas.upenn.edu). I am 
now Mellon Emeritus Professor 
at the University of Pennsylvania 
and Distinguished Visiting 
Professor at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 

— Thomas P. Hughes 

An absolutely terrific 
Centennial volume 

Congratulations on an absolute- 
ly terrific Centennial volume — 
and we're all so pleased to see 
our mother/grandmother/great- 
grandmother's photo. 

— Judy Watkins 

Granddaughter of Lilian 

Lloyd Thayer '10, first student 

enrolled at SBC 

Ed. Note: We didn't know we 
had found a photo of Lilian 
Lloyd until Ms. Watkins and hus- 
band dropped in at Alumnae 
House, coincidentally on the 
Friday of Centennial Gala 
Weekend! See p. 16, Centennial 
issue (March 2001). 



Eyes on page 51 

Thank you for that marvelous 
Centennial edition! Every time I 
flip through the pages, my eyes 
are caught on page 51.1 don't 
think I'm mistaken in my belief 



that my mother, Allen Bagby 
Macneil, is seated in the arm- 
chair, second from the left. That 
being the case, the picture could 
be dated no later than Spring of 
1 941 , when she graduated. 

— Tonia Macneil '68 

Ed. Note: Thank you, Tonia, for 
identification and date! 

A Wonderful Keepsake 

Congratulations on your 
Centennial edition of the 
Alumnae Magazine. It is lots of 
fun in addition to being informa- 
tive. It will be a wonderful keep- 
sake for alumnae, faculty, and 
administrators. The April 
Celebration was also fun. You 
people worked hard to make it 
all go smoothly. 

I have adjusted quite easily to 
life at The Forest at Duke... 
enjoying varied activities spon- 
sored by The Forest and cultural 
events at Duke, Durham, Chapel 
Hill, and Raleigh. I stay very 
busy. I do miss the mountains, 
however. 

— Barbara Blair 

Dean Emerita 

Professor of Chemistry Emerita 

Centennial Issue Fantastic 

The special Centennial edition 
was fantastic. All my friends 
were very impressed... 

— Jennifer Crossland '86 



Centennial Edition Outstanding 

I thought the Centennial edition 
was outstanding. I have read 
most of it and plan to continue 
reading until I finish it. 

— Jane Warner Williams '47 

Fall '01 Alumnae Council: 
Congratulations 

Congratulations on a wonderful 
Alumnae Council! After reading 
the catalog, "Sweet Briar 
College and Ralph Adams 
Cram — Dreams and Reality" I 
was impressed by the tremen- 
dous effort made by the entire 
Sweet Briar community. I had 
originally planned on attending 



Alumnae Council for the sole 
purpose of learning more about 
Sweet Briar's architecture, Ralph 
Adams Cram, and the efforts 
made to preserve the Historic 
District. However, I stayed a bit 
longer and found the other lec- 
tures intriguing. As I drove 
through the Gates making my 
way back to Richmond, I was 
reminded of how truly special 
the Sweet Briar experience is 
and it indeed means something 
different to each alumna. 

To see changes on campus 
done to preserve the wishes and 
efforts of Sweet Briar's founders 
while making strides toward 
Sweet Briar's next 1 00 years 
was extraordinary. 
Dr. Muhlenfeld always blends 
past with present in a lovely way 
when speaking. Sweet Briar is 
no longer just a small women's 
college in the foothills of the Blue 
Ridge Mountains. It is a fine lib- 
eralarts college preparing 
young women for their futures, 
in the classroom, and beyond 
graduation. The red, white and 
blue Hitching Post and Rock are 
testaments to the fact that while 
SBC is a small community, its 
members are well aware of the 
world beyond. I received a 
phonathon call last week and 
immediately commended the stu- 
dents for remembering the vic- 
tims in New York and 
Washington. There has been a 
flurry ore-mails among us alum- 
nae spanning the classes, even 
some with photo attachments of 
the Hitching Post! 

Though I always have been, I 
am now even more proud to 
have a Sweet Briar diploma on 
my wall and ring on my finger. 
As a young alumna, I only have 
time as a volunteer to give, but I 
assure you that if I were able, I 
would raise my hand and join 
the "Pine Box Club" right now! 
Hola Hola Hola, 

—Karen Hott '91 

Alumnae Council Update: 
Gives me confidence 

I liked hearing about what has 
been happening on campus. The 



way the World Trade 
Center/Pentagon crisis was han- 
dled was very impressive. It 
gives me confidence that little 
things must be handled as effec- 
tively. The schedule for next 
alumnae colleges is exciting. 

—Kate Hillestad '89. 

Alumnae Council: 
A wonderful few days 

What a wonderful few days we 
had at Sweet Briar. My husband 
and I were only able to stay 
through Friday, but everything 
was exceptional. And staying at 
the Inn was a real treat. 

— Blair Walker Lawrence '68 

Great Symposium 

Thanks for a great Ralph Adams 
Cram Symposium! Sorry I could- 
n't stay longer. 

— Keedie Grones Leonard '76 

Judge Kenneth Starr 

Although I regret Mr. Starr's 
appearance at Sweet Briar, I do 
agree with him on one thing — 
the "controversy continues." 
— Mary Fran Brown Ballard '49 

A privilege 

A privilege to hear such a well- 
educatecl, brilliant mind, 
[Kenneth Starr] explaining the 
dilemma of the last election. 
— Elizabeth Williams Gookin '44 

Fascinating, factual discussion 

This was one of, if not the most, 
fascinating and factual discus- 
sions of any legal case I've ever 
heard (ana I'm a lawyer). Ken 
Starr was in his Solicitor 
General role at its best. 

— Elaine Schuster '58 

Doris Kearns Goodwin 
Talk was wonderful 

Her talk was wonderful. She tied 
events of 9-1 1 -01 into historical 
perspective. That was so much 
on all our minds. Anything else 
seemed irrelevant. 

Thank you for your wonderful 
hospitality. It was a privilege to 



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be able to stay on campus. The 
beauty and serenity were a tonic 
for a troubled time... Climbing to 
the Monument was very mean- 
ingful. 

— Lile Tucker Bell '45 

Mesmerizing 

Doris Kearns Goodwin was 
mesmerizing. 

— Diane Dale Reiling '73 

Symposia 

Larry Sabato: Cogent and 
clear and entertaining. Would 
certainly hope he could return to 
SBC. The star speakers all 
excelled. Hope we don't have to 
wait another hundred years to 
have such a high-caliber pro- 



gram 



I 
-Jean Gantt Nuzum '62 



Centennial Video — The next 
best thing to being there 

I write to thank [whoever] was 
kind enough to include me on 
the list of participants — and 
those who would-have-dearly- 
liked-to-have-been-partici- 
pants — in Sweet Briar's 
Centennial celebration, who 
were chosen to receive the video 
record of those exhilarating pro- 
ceedings. 

I loved seeing the Sweet Briar 
campus again — after a lapse of 
some 40 years; and the equally 
lovely Sweet Briar students, and 
their cheerful instructors and 
administrative staff members, 
including especially the College's 
President. 

Sally Ride proved to be the 
perfect guest speaker, her 
address brilliantly illustrated by 
the films she brought with her of 
planet Earth as seen from outer 
space. Where else, apart from 
maps, has the human eye ever 
seen almost the entire 
Mediterranean Sea, from the 
Strait of Gibraltar to the fabled 
Isles of Greece? 

Of course I looked for any- 
one who is still there from my 
time, 1947-1960. My colleague 
Martha von Briesen, a 
Centennial Award recipient, 



must have been there, but I 
failed to find her in the video. 
Nor did I see Helen Mac. But 
Ann Reams was there, and 
Elizabeth Prothro, seated at left 
among the award recipients and 
surely on the video cover as 
well. Nancy Godwin Baldwin's 
comments were filmed, and it 
was good to see again the lass 
who played lolanthe to my Lord 
Chancellor in the Paint and 
Patches production of that 
Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, 
staged in the cramped basement 
of Fletcher and directed by Sid 
Freeman, in March 1 957. 

I was sorry to see no mention 
of Dr. Connie Guion, apart from 
one reference to the Guion 
Science Building, whose dedica- 
tion I attended. But Dr. Guion's 
beloved Miss Benedict was men- 
tioned. 

Seeing this sprightly record 
of the weekend's celebrations 
was the next best thing to being 
there. Many, many thanks from 
one who will always love the 
College. 

— John Detmold 
Former Director of Development 

A wonderful surprise 

It was such a wonderful surprise 
to receive the Centennial video 
in my mailbox! It was so nice to 
remember that not so long ago, 
there was a time when we didn't 
think twice about spending one 
night thinking of nothing but 
Sweet Briar and how blessed we 
all were to be part of such a 
special, special place. I only 
hope that we will all feel free to 
celebrate like that again soon. 
Holla Holla! 

— Molly Morris '94 

What a treat 

Thank you so much for the 
absolutely wonderful Centennial 
video. What a treat to relive that 
spectacular, memorable, and 
historic niqht! And, even more, it 
was such a treat to see so many 
of my favorite professors and 
people (and my Mom!) on the 
video, talking about this place 
which means so much to us 



all. ..I hope that all of you are 
doing well... I'm happy as can 
be with my job at Art Services 
International, working for an 
alumna! 

— Emily Pegues '00 

Mother in the Class of 1910 

How very thoughtful of you to 
send this wonderful tape so that 
those of us who could not be 
there, can feel a part of the 
exciting events. As I searched 
for familiar faces among the 
familiar and lovely surround- 
ings, many memories returned. I 
also enjoyed the very early pic- 
tures, for my mother [Eleanor 
Furman Hudgens] was in the 
Class of 1910. How I wish she 
were here to watch this treasure 
with me. Thank you for the 
lovely gift. 

— Nelle Hudgens Lewis '41 

Thinking of a very 
special professor 

Thank you for the wonderful 
tape. I am from the Class of 
1 944 and it was great to view 
this special tape. When I was at 
Sweet Briar, I had a very special 
professor and I was thinking of 
her as I watched. She was Dr. 
Belle Boone Beard. I also had a 
philosophy class with Dr. Lucy 
Crawford and I was glad to see 
that she was honored. 

— Muriel Abrash Schapiro '44 

Omission of the word 
"housewife" 

Thank you for the wonderful 
video on Sweet Briar's 
Centennial. While thanking you, 
I'd like to mention two things: 
one, the possibility of making a 
video of the College, showing all 
the buildings and opportunities 
that Sweet Briar offers its stu- 
dents. I remember that when I 
went to Sweet Briar, I was 
unprepared as to what to 
expect. 

Secondly, I noticed the care- 
ful omission of the word "house- 
wife" as a possible career for 
women. The word "motherhood" 
replaced it. 



One of the excuses I've 
always heard for not being a 
housewife is that since they're 
going to work, they're going to 
get paid for it. I've been a 
"housewife" for over 40 years. 
I've found that you have to be a 
mother, doctor (the doctor isn't 
always right), businesswoman, 
interior decorator, teacher, and 
so on and so on, ad infinitum. 
There is no "sick leave" and few 
vacations. 

Maybe we can dream up a 
more qlorified title for "house- 
wite. 

— Tessita Wood O'Daniel '53 



A great idea 

The video of Sweet Briar is very 
good and I am delighted to 
nave it. A great idea for alum- 
nae and friends. 

— Judith Meade Ruffin 
Anderson '57 

Glad I was able to attend 

I was glad I was able to attend 
the Centennial Gala in April, 
and it was very thoughtful of the 
College to send us a video of 
that event. Thank you very 
much. 

— Ruth Firm 

Professor of Art History 

Emerita 

So, so proud 

The video was perfect. How I 
loved watching it. What a won- 
derful surprise... It took me right 
back to my very first day at 
SBC. It made me wish I had 
been there sharing it. ..It made 
me so, so proud to be a SBC 
girl. 

— Alison Irwin '74 

Tape is terrific 

The tape is terrific... It was good 
seeing the wonderful scenery — 
good to see a couple of familiar 
faces... and many more familiar 
names. 
— Joanne Oberkirch Willis '42 



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Video both warm and 
professional 

I had time to view the video yes- 
terday. I thoroughly enjoyed it — 
it was both warm and yet "pro- 
fessional." Thank you. 

I've also enjoyed browsing 
through the 2 Centennial issues 
of the SB magazine. What treas- 
ures! 

— Faith Rahmer Croker '54 

Prettiest campus in America 

Thanks so much! I look forward 
to viewing the prettiest campus 
in America. 

— Sue Scanlan '69 

Interesting, well done 

Thank you for the Sweet Briar 
College Centennial Gala 
Celebration video — Interesting, 
well done. So proud of our cur- 
rent president — a valuable asset! 
— Caroline Chobot Garner '54 



So enjoyed being there 

Thank you for the tape of the 
SBC Centennial Gala 
Celebration. We so enjoyed 
being there and look forward to 
viewing the tape. 

— Kay Vance Johns '48 

Fantastic gift to alumnae 

Thank all the "powers that be" 
for the wonderful tape of SBC's 
great celebration. What a fan- 
tastic gift to alumnae!!! 

— Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Former Director, Alumnae 

Association 

Anxiously waiting 

PLEASE may I have another 
Centennial tape — I wanted to 
show my Dad and his machine 
ATE the tape — he is anxiously 
waiting to join in the celebra- 
tion! 

— Judi Bensen Stigle '67 



Huge waste of SBC funds 

A video was returned unopened 
with the following note: 
Huge waste of SBC funds to do 
this. Suggest take orders next 
time. Keep for your files as I 
don't want to throw out. 

— Page Kjellsfrom '70 

Ed. Note: Page — The video was 
produced instead of the winter 
issue of the magazine and 
instead of sending a holiday 
greeting card from the President 
to alumnae. It was sent to our 
magazine mailing list, which 
includes alumnae, current par- 
ents, and on-campus mail to our 
faculty and staff. We actually 
saved money by doing this, as 
we used footage we already 
had from Centennial and only 
had to tape an introduction and 
final bit by President Muhlenfeld. 
I wish you had watched it! The 
summer '0 1 magazine issue cost 
$27,200, which is average. The 
video cost $25,550 for 12,500 



copies, the same number of 
copies we print of the magazine. 
Additional money was saved by 
the President's Office by not pur- 
chasing and mailing holiday 
cards to alumnae. 

Loved the video 

We loved the video. Thank you 
for putting that together. I'm 
hoping to make it to my 25th 
Reunion in May. 

— Peggy Haley Sheehan '77 



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also features a list of employers 
who will match your gifts, 
planned giving information, and 
profiles or students who benefit 
from your generosity. The 
extraordinary generosity of 
alumnae, parents, and friends 
continues as the College's gift 
totals as of December 31 , 2001 
reflect increased giving in 
several critical areas including 
the Annual Fund. Our most pro- 
found gratitude to all who 
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Correction 

The photo on P. 27 of the 
Summer '01 magazine issue, 
accompanying a story about 
Angela Aiken, is mistakenly 
identified as Angela. The photo 
is of classmate Ramona 
Achterberg. We apologize for 
the error! Angela is pictured 
here. 




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n Memoriam 



Frank McCloin 

The Reverend Doctor 
Frank M. McClain 

In 1 962, for the first time in 
more than 40 years. Sweet 
Briar welcomed a resident 
chaplain. The Reverend Doctor 
Frank Mauldin McClain was 
appointed chaplain and associ- 
ate professor of religion. His 
duties included preaching, 
teaching, and counseling, and 
he was in charge of religious 
services and the selection of 
visiting ministers. Lancaster 
House, home to the chaplain, 
his wife Mary Lee ("Missie") 
McGinnis McClain'54, and 
their two small daughters, 
offered warm hospitality to the 
entire campus community. 

Frank McClain's tenure at 
the College (1962-1966) 
spanned perhaps the most criti- 
cal period of its history: in 
October 1963. the faculty sub- 



mitted a resolution for open 
admissions and in November, 
the Boards of Directors and 
Overseers determined to take 
legal action, seeking reinterpre- 
tation of the founder's will to 
allow African- American 
women to be students at Sweet 
Briar. Frank is remembered 
with gratitude for his leader- 
ship, wise counsel, sensibility, 
and his unshakable belief in the 
course toward open admissions 
that he felt the College must 
take. Clearly, Frank McClain 
was in the right place at the 
right time. 

It was also during his stew- 
ardship that the Sweet Briar 
Memorial Chapel was con- 
structed. Much of the graceful 
dignity and simple beauty of 
the chapel appointments stem 
from his vision of a place to 
inspire worship and commun- 
ion. 



A lifelong scholar, after 
service in the Philippines in 
World War II, he earned bache- 
lor's degrees at Yale University 
(Phi Beta Kappa) and at 
Cambridge University in 
England (First in Theology). 
He also earned his master's and 
doctoral degrees at Cambridge, 
and a theological degree from 
General Theological Seminary 
in New York City. He was 
ordained Deacon in the 
Episcopal Church in January 
1952 and Priest in the 
Episcopal Church in December 
1952. 

He was a Danforth Fellow 
at the American Academy of 
Religion; an Episcopal Church 
Foundation Fellow; Secretary 
of the Anglican Theological 
Review; adjunct professor and 
member of the Board of 
Trustees, Seabury-Western 
Seminary, Evanston, Illinois 
and a member of the Board of 
Trustees, Saint Augustine's 
College, Raleigh, North 
Carolina. 

Many interests and other 
memberships included serving 
as chaplain of the Society of 
Colonial Wars in Charleston, 
South Carolina, and as a mem- 
ber of the Society of the War of 
1812. He was the first clergy 
member of the Society for the 
Relief of Widows, Orphans 
and Disabled Clergy in the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in 
the Diocese of South Carolina, 
colloquially known as the 
Clergy Society, which was 
founded 260 years ago to aid 
the families of English clergy 
sent to South Carolina. 

Always a vital member of 
the communities he served and 
nurtured, Frank led Tennessee 



parishes in Memphis, 
Nashville. Harriman, and 
Germantown. While he was 
rector of St. George's 
Episcopal Church in 
Germantown he founded Saint 
George's Day School in 1958, 
thus seeing a longtime dream 
of his become a reality. He 
retired as rector from Christ 
Church, Winnetka, Illinois, in 
1991. 

Frank McClain died of a 
heart attack December 15, 
2000 at the age of 76. 
Survivors include his wife 
Mary Lee, daughters Rebecca 
McClain Newton, Mary Lee 
McClain Renken, and 
Katherine Anne McClain, a 
brother. Richard McClain, and 
three grandchildren. McClain 
Walton Newton, Helen Eleanor 
Ashcraft Renken, and Frances 
Mauldin McClain Renken. 

Charles N. Prothro 

Mr. Charles N. Prothro of 
Wichita Falls, Texas, died on 
March 5th, 2001, of natural 
causes at a Wichita Falls 
Hospice. He was 83. 
He was the husband of 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39, 
and the father of three sons, 
Joseph, Mark (a current mem- 
ber of Sweet Briar's Board of 
Directors), and Vincent, who 
died last fall, and one daugh- 
ter, Kathryn Prothro Yeager 
'61. He was also the grandfa- 
ther of Kathryn Elizabeth 
Yeager Edwards ' 84, Linda 
Yeager Beltchev '85, and 
Charlotte Holland Prothro 
Philbin '95. 

Mr. Prothro served on the 
College's Boards of Directors 
and Overseers for 1 8 years, 
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m 




Charles Prothro 



1977. During his service on 
Sweet Briar's Board, he was 
an important voice and wise 
counselor on numerous archi- 
tectural and building matters 
for the College. Included 
among his many contributions 
to the College are two facili- 
ties which bear the Prothro 
name: the Charles and 
Elizabeth Prothro Natatorium 
and Prothro Commons, and 
the Prothro Scholarship is the 
College's largest endowed 
scholarship fund. 

An oil executive and indus- 
trialist, Mr. Prothro maintained 
a lifelong service to and phil- 
anthropic interest in higher 
education. His business career 
was long and illustrious, 
including service as managing 
partner. Perkins-Prothro 
Company; president and direc- 
tor of Perkins Timberlake 
department stores; president 
and director of Ponies Oil; and 
owner/operator of extensive 
ranching properties engaged in 
the cattle business. His busi- 
ness expertise also engaged 
him in many commercial and 
real estate agencies and bank- 
ing institutions in Texas. Mr. 
Prothro, a director of the Joe 
and Lois Perkins Foundation 
and president of the Perkins- 
Prothro Foundation, was a 
leader in numerous community 
organizations, including sever- 
al tied to education. He was a 
member of the Texas 



Mary Virginia Mallett 



Commission on Higher 
Education, and served in vari- 
ous capacities at the 
University of Texas, Southern 
Methodist University, Baylor, 
Southwestern, and the Wichita 
Falls School Board as well as 
at Sweet Briar College. 

Mary Virginia Grigsby 
Mallett '49 

Mary Virginia Mallett, 74, died 
of a heart attack in 
Indianapolis on April 3. 2001 . 
just two and a half weeks 
before she would have been 
back at Sweet Briar to attend 
the Centennial Gala 
Celebration. 

She had been a self- 
employed mental health coun- 
selor, retiring in 1996. She was 
a member of the Kiwanis Club, 
an avid Cubs fan, and an active 
member of the Church of the 
Nativity. 

A 1 949 graduate with a 
major in chemistry, she loved 
learning; she received a mas- 
ter's degree in microbiology in 
1952 from Purdue University 
and a master's in counseling in 

1991 from Butler University. 
In an interview when she 

was featured in the Spring 

1992 issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine ("In the Sweet Briar 
Tradition"), she noted: "It was 
my biology teacher who 
encouraged me to continue my 
studies in bacteriology. The 
male-female ratio at Purdue in 



1949 was about 20:1 and most 
of the post-war graduate stu- 
dents were older men on the 
G.I. bill. ..very motivated to 
succeed. Even so. I managed 
to hold my own. I was well- 
prepared academically and 
socially — I certainly hadn't 
been trained to pour tea! Plus, 
there were Sweet Briar alum- 
nae in Lafayette who made me 
feel welcome right away. From 
then on, it seems no matter 
where I went — Lafayette. 
Frederick, Indianapolis, 
London — there was always an 
open door leading back to 
Sweet Briar." 

Through the years. Mary 
Virginia's loyalty and support 
were enduring. She served on 
the Board of the Alumnae 
Association and was a stalwart 
of the Indianapolis Alumnae 
Club, serving it in many ways: 
"When I was active as an 
alumna admissions representa- 
tive, I always characterized 
Sweet Briar as a place where 
young women could develop 
the skills, confidence, and self- 
esteem they needed to succeed 
in a changing world." 

She concluded the interview 
by explaining her lifelong 
commitment to her alma 
mater: "You see, out of all the 
schools I applied to. Sweet 
Briar was the only place I real- 
ly wanted to go. Then, not only 
was I accepted. I was awarded 
a freshman scholarship. From 
that day on, I felt I could never 
do enough for the College. As 
much as I've participated and 
contributed over the years, I've 
always felt that far more came 
back to me than I had given." 

She is survived by three 
sons, Edward. William, and 
Stephen, her daughter 
Barbara' 79. and five grandchil- 
dren. 

Rosain Quae Meruit Ferat 



Professor Max Graeber 

Dr. Max Graeber, a much 
admired and respected mem- 
ber of the Sweet Briar commu- 
nity, died July 26, 2001 in 
Lynchburg General Hospital. 
He had come to the College in 
1994 as an Adjunct Professor 
in the Theatre Arts Department 
and taught courses in public 
speaking and oral communica- 
tion. 

Dr. Graeber held a bachelor 
of science degree in business 
administration from Indiana 
University and a master's and 
Ph.D. in speech communica- 
tion from Bowling Green State 
University. Ohio. He was a 
fine scholar, teacher, and col- 
league; his presence is missed 
in all of these roles. A special 
student-initiated service of 
remembrance was held in the 
Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel 
in September 



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recent deaths 



Recent Deaths 1930 

1922 Josephine Hereford 
Mrs. Hart Smith 
May 5, 2001 1931 

1925 Lysbeth Goodlove 
Mrs. J. Osborn Wood 
December 12 2000 1932 

1925 Tallulah Holloway 
Mrs. Van B. Harris 
August 20, 2001 1932 

1927 Camilla Alsop 
Mrs. Edwin Hyde 
August 5, 2001 1932 

1927 Daphne Bunting 

Mrs. Lawrence K. Blair 

February 13, 2001 1933 

1927 Elizabeth Chaffinch 

Mrs. John H. Hornbaker 

Date unknown 1933 

1927 Catherine Johnson 

Mrs. T. Hall Brehme, Jr. 

July 1,1995 1933 

1929 Maria Bemiss 

Mrs. Henry C. Hoar 

August 19, 2001 1935 

1929 Anne Brent 

Mrs. John B. Winn 

March 4, 2001 1936 

1929 Claire Hoyt 

Mrs. Charles C. Gaver 

February 6, 1999 1936 

1929 Alwyn Redmond 
Mrs. Alwyn R. Barlow 

July 13, 2001 1936 

1930 Cloire Giesecke 
Mrs. John W. Wingo 

February 4, 2001 1937 

1930 Mary Douglas Lyon 

Mrs. Donold M. Stedman 

November 13, 2001 1938 

1930 Emma Riely 

Mrs. Remy Lemaire 
December 27, 2001 



Elizabeth Sounders 1938 

Mrs. Harry A. Ramsay, Jr. 
April 26, 2001 

Evelyn Mullen 1940 

Miss Evelyn D. Mullen 
November 5, 2001 

Cornelia Mathewson 1941 

Mrs. Harold Eggers 
March 9, 1999 

HallieOrr 1941 

Mrs. Jim T. Barton 
December 5, 2001 

Theda Sherman 1941 

Mrs. John W Newlin 
May 20, 2001 

Jacqueline Billard 1941 

Miss Jacqueline Billard 
January 19, 2000 

Elizabeth Gray 1941 

Miss Elizabeth S. Gray 
June 17, 2001 

Elisabeth Ratcliff 1942 

Mrs. Augustine C. Bryan 
April 16, 2001 

Helen Carruthers 1943 

Mrs. R. Lloyd Hackwell 
October 27, 2001 

Mary Kate Crow 1 943 

Mrs. William S. Sinclair, Jr. 
June 10, 2001 

Louise Damgard 1944 

Mrs. E. W. Eichelkraut 
March 1,2001 

Martha Hornor 1944 

Mrs. John B. Maxwell 
October 9, 2001 

Anne Lauman 1946 

Mrs. Donald S. Bussey 
July 11, 2001 

Josephine Sutton 1948 

Mrs. Robert J. 
McCandlish, Jr. 
August 21, 2001 



Mary Talcort 

Mrs. E. Griffith Dodson, Jr. 

May 11, 2001 

Jane Baker 

Mrs. Jane B. Grant 

August 16, 2001 

Marian Atkinson 

Mrs. Herbert E. Ryerson 

October 25, 2001 

Wilma Cavett 

Mrs. Wilma C. Records 

October 1, 2001 

Eunice Foss 

Mrs. John L. Sneed III 

September 2, 2001 

Helen Hamilton 

Mrs. William H. Bixby, Jr. 

October 21, 2001 

Barbara Searles 
Mrs. Gaylord S. Parrett 
March 13, 2001 

Janet Houstoun 
Mrs. Piatt W Davis, Jr. 
December 12, 2001 

Janice Fitzgerald 

Mrs. James A. Wellons, Jr. 

January 1, 2001 

Eleanore Angela Marston 
Mrs. Robert Beste 
November 16, 2001 

Virginia Burgess 

Mrs. Virginia L Struhsaker 

October 7, 2001 

Alice Hepburn 

Mrs. Charles S. Puleston 

April 3, 2001 

Juliette Rollins 
Mrs. Robert Napier 
December 6, 1999 

Malloy Wright 

Mrs. Robert E. Warren, Jr. 

July 22, 2001 



1949 Cornelia Sadowsky 

Mrs. Donald E. W. Niemann 
December 30, 2000 

1949 Joyce Smith 

Mrs. Joyce S. White 
November 29, 2001 

1951 Judith Clippinger 

Miss Judith Clippinger 
March 29, 1998 

1953 Elizabeth Enteman 

Mrs. Charles B. Hearns 
December 18, 2001 

1 956 Evelyn Christison 

Mrs. Evelyn Gregory 
August 1,2001 

1958 Mary Jane Weed 

Mrs. Mary Jane Weed 
Delagarza 
September 10, 2001 

1963 Elizabeth Randolph 
Mrs. John L. Lewis III 
October 17, 2001 

1967 Leslie Huber 

Ms. Leslie Huber Dudley 
Date unknown 

1 967 Virginia Young 

Mrs. David L Phillips 
May 22, 2001 

1973 Alice Carol Stewart 
Mrs. Doug Harper III 
October 2001 

1978 Mary Ella Mays 
Mrs. James Lewis 
September 9, 2001 

1987 Carol Wooldridge 
Ms. Carol W Tuttle 
July 7, 2001 

If you wish to write to a member of the 
family of someone recently deceased, 
please contact the Alumnae Office for 
name and address. 



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ALUMNAE COLLEGE TRAVEL 




"China and the Yangzi River," May 22-June 8, 
2001. L-r, Kneeling in front: Tour Director Sunny; 
Guest Lecturer, Art History Professor Aileen 
Laing 57; Virginia Farrar; Cynthia Nelson; Mollie 
Johnson Nelson'64; Juliana Gilheany. Standing: 
Kathryn Ward-Johnson; Joan W. Moody; Patricia 
Davin Robinson'49; Bob Hollis; Linda McArthur 
Hollis'61; James Timber-lake; Margaret Towers 
Talman'49; Anne Wilson Rowe 57; Davis Main; 
Peggy Main; Alice Trout Hagan 49; Maeve 
McGuire; Richard Bianchi; Carta de Creny 
Freed '51; Dorothy Woods McLeod'58; Alec 
McLeod; Susan Goodridge; Cynthia Wilson 
Ottaway'57. 



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"Alumni College in Provence," March 5-13, 2001. Pictured in front of Mas des Pilons, the Provence house of Nancy Hall 
Green'64 and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., L-r, Front row: SBC Professor of French Dominique Leveau, Susan Anthony, Susan 
Taylor Montague'59, Sallie Beattie Sinkler'59, Fleur Bennett, Dorothy Allen Hirs'52, Wilene Lampert, Anne Wilson 
Rowe'57, Janet Davenport. Back row: Edythe Paris Bird, SB JYF 54'55 Newell Bryan Tozier'55 Ben Stimpson, Ann 
Greer Adams '56, Nedra Greer Stimpson'51, Marion S. Adams, Jr., Ann Pegram Harris'59, Judith Wright Noel '80 
Nancy McDowell'63, Robert Ballard, Elizabeth Jones Turner '61, Lucy Bryan Ballard 74, David Turner, Josiah Rowe. 



Paris Alumnae Luncheon, May 2001, 

L-r: SBC Vice President for 

Development/College Relations Ivana 

Pelnar-Zaiko; Christine Jabouley 

Hubac '87; Benedicte Valentin 00; 

Stephanie Harmon Simonard '72; 

Aja Gabrielle Grosvenor '02, JYF. 




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SPOTLIGHT 



Chalmers turns cook 
at NYC disaster 

By Eveline Speedie 
Reprinted with permission from THE 
ITEM ofMillbum and Short Hills 
Thursday, November 15, 2001 edition 

Among the hundreds if not thousands of 
people who flocked to New York City to 
volunteer their services following the 
World Trade Center disaster is a former 
longtime township resident. 

Judy Chalmers of Summit has been 
involved in the relief effort in Manhattan 
since Sept. 13. Although she recently 
moved — she was a resident of Marion 
Avenue for nearly 30 years — she instinc- 
tively turned to the Millburn-Short Hills 
chapter of the American Red Cross to offer 
her assistance the day after the disaster 
struck. That proposal eventually led to 
what is now a two month-long stint near 
Ground Zero, helping to prepare 5.000 
meals a day for relief workers. 

"I had worked with veterans affairs for 
many years in the 1980s and went to the 
Millburn Red Cross to see what I could 
do," Ms. Chalmers said last week. An 
energetic, effervescent lady, she started by 
delivering cots for the Summit Red Cross 
to various centers in New Jersey where 
victims with less severe injuries were 




Judy at the on-site "kitchen" 



being treated. 

"After a day of driving cots from place 
to place, I was asked to take supplies from 
the Summit Red Cross and the Summit 
Police Department to the Javits Center in 
Manhattan," Ms. Chalmers said. "I drove 
in tandem with a young man from Summit, 
our vehicles jammed with boots, goggles, 
kneepads. bottled water, socks and supplies 
of every type. We were absolutely stunned 
to see the skyline of Manhattan as we 
approached the Lincoln Tunnel. It looked 
like a huge eraser had just come in and 
removed the most defining structure of the 
skyline. Instead of the Twin Towers, there 
were just huge billowing black clouds of 
smoke above all of lower Manhattan." 

The sight did not deter Ms. Chalmers 
from her goal to provide assistance. She 
signed on for the night shift at the Javits 
Center that started at midnight and ended 
at 10 a.m. Her duties included packing and 
repacking boxes, delivering items, procur- 
ing donated items, assisting in cooking — 
anything to ease the unimaginable burden 
of a city in pain. 

"I come to life at night so the night shift 
suited me," Ms. Chalmers said. She was 
immediately put in charge of a tent where 
toiletries and food donations were to be 
unpacked, sorted and repacked. Filled with 
stories of sacrifice and the best humanity 
has to offer, she also related stories hinting 
of strain and tension among 
9 the workers. There was the 
night 200 men showed up at 4 
a.m. with 47 trucks full of 
donated goods. A volunteer 
refused to accept delivery of 
such a large load at that time 
of day and a mini-mutiny 
resulted among the volunteer 
staff. The delivery, Ms. 
Chalmers said, came all the 
way from Michigan in what 
was a non-stop trip. 

After the National Guard 
was assigned to the Javits 
Center, Ms. Chalmers joined a 




Judy Sorley Chalmers '59 flanked by fellow 
volunteers Mike Austin of New York, left, and 
Chris Browne of the NYC Police Department. 



group of volunteers who set up a field 
kitchen in Hell's Kitchen, across the street 
from the Javits Center. There she met three 
"remarkable" people — Tony Hall, a food 
services manager from Providence, R.I.. 
Ron Rivezzo, a chef from Key West, Ha., 
and Frank Marquez. a chef from Los 
Angeles. "They immediately began to pre- 
pare astonishing hot meals about 1 8 hours 
a day," according to Ms. Chalmers. 
Stopping to rest maybe five hours at night, 
the group prepared 5.000 meals a day. 

When representatives from the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency appeared 
one day to relieve the volunteers of their 
duties, another mini-mutiny resulted. 
"They told us they would take over the 
needs of the city and its officers," Ms. 
Chalmers recalled. "We said, 'fine — we'll 
leave the minute you come with a facility.' 
Not only did they never come with any 
replacements, but a week later Ron and 
Tony told us we were not being sent home 
but in fact three different areas in the city 
were begging for us to move there. The 
site that needed us the most was the South 
Street Seaport, only a few blocks from 
Ground Zero." 

The food service group also was put 
under the auspices of the American Red 
Cross, The Salvation Army and the New 
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Chalmers reported. The shift toward a 
semi-official status has not made much dif- 
ference in the work of the food group. 
They still make the meals and find the gro- 
ceries. But they've received considerable 
assistance lately from many new sources, 
including Stop 
and Shop which 
sent a refrigerated 
truck full of food 
from Boston. The 
truck has 
remained at the 
site and the food 
chain has offered 
to fill it with 
whatever is need- 
ed on a continual 
basis. 

Ms. Chalmers 
told of packages 
sent from school- 
children all over 
the country, with 
notes of encour- 
agement attached. 
She spoke of a 
group of 1 9 
Texans — from her home state — who 
arrived one night in a convoy of five 
"mammoth" trucks. The first truck, a 
refrigerated one. contained 20.000 pounds 
of beef brisket. A second vehicle was a 
flatbed carrying a barbecue grill so large it 
would not fit into the Lincoln Tunnel. 
"They had to re-route up to the George 
Washington Bridge," Ms. Chalmers said. 
She reported being joined by movie stars 



Stocking up: Judy and a fellow worker with supplies 
donated from Stop and Shop, transported from 
Boston. 



Susan Sarandon and Loretta Swit at the 
barbecue grill and working alongside an 
ex-con named Nelson who replaced a 
worn-out Ron as cook. 

Her memories abounding. Ms. Chalmers 
has written a copious account of her activi- 
ties as a volun- 
teer. She works 
the day shift 
now and is 
anticipating 
returning at 
some point to 
her prior proj- 
ect — a "Flying 
Hospital" that 
offers medical 
assistance in the 
form of pedi- 
atric reconstruc- 
tive surgery in 
Central and 
South America 
called "A Better 
Life." Co- 
founded with 
one of her three 
children. 

Cameron, the organization sends a medical 
team of 22 to Ecuador to work on cases 
involving orthopedic and birth defects. 
After Sept. 1 1 . the effort was suspended, 
but only temporarily. Ms. Chalmers said. 

"We're following a U.S. State 
Department advisory." she explained. 
"Anyway, right now my heart is in New 
York." 




Ed. Update: Judy Chalmers continued her work through December. In February 2002. 
she and six other volunteers met to set up a founding board for Ground Zero Food 
Services (GZFS). becoming, with Tony Hall's leadership, a 501 (c) (3) to be prepared "to 
do what we are doing in New York for any other place in the country, when or if God 
forbid, another disaster of this dimension should occur. We realized. ..that there is not at 
the moment any agency... doing what we do. ..I think this September 1 1th experience is a 
real wake-up call for the Red Cross and many other organizations who simply had more 
on their plates than they could effectively deal with. The Salvation Army is still providing 
great sen-ice. but VERY few others after all this time. " For Judy's full chronicle of her 
first three months at GZ, go to her website: 
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Sweet 



Scientist Stitches a New 
Career 

By Janet Caggiano. November 21, 2001 
Times Dispatch Staff Writer 
Copyright Richmond Times-Dispatch, used 
with permission 

Friends think that Denton F. Kump. the 
scientist, has gone mad. 

She prefers to think of it as coming to 
her senses. 

The mother of two young sons. Kump 
spent years pursuing a career in medicine, 
earning her Ph.D. in pharmacology and 
toxicology from the Medical College of 
Virginia in 1997. She spent the next few 
years earning a comfortable salary as a 
research scientist at MCV and later at 
Pharmaceutical Research Associates (PRA) 
in Charlottesville. 

But in August, she bid farewell to her 
full-time job to design handbags and shoes 
from her Richmond home. 

"Everyone thinks I'm insane." Kump 
said. "They all say, 'You must be 
crazy. You get your Ph.D. and now you are 
dilly-dallying with fabrics?" But I love it. 
I'm totally immersed in this now." 

Tired of her black nylon diaper bag 
doubling as a purse. Kump longed for 
something a little more colorful and fun. 
So late last year she designed and made 
her own handbag, shaped like a cube and 
decorated with a bright pink, green and 
yellow fabric. 

"I wanted a fun purse, but I couldn't 
find one," she said. "I was so happy with 
the one I made that I wore it everywhere." 

Soon, strangers and friends alike were 
asking Kump if she'd make one for them. 
Poesis Inc. was born. 

Figuring she'd fill the orders in her 
spare time, Kump continued working full- 
time. She completed clinical trials on 
drugs, studied the interaction between the 
brain and the immune system and fulfilled 
duties as a medical writer. 

At home, with her boys off to bed and 
her husband. Cyrus, reading and studying 
for his orthopedic residency at MCV, 
Kump sat at her grandmother's Singer and 
sewed her handbags. When someone at the 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts saw one. 
she invited her to sell them at the gift shop. 

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Denton Freeman Kump '88 

From there, the bags also have made 
their way to the shelves of the Designer 
Consignor. Paddywack, Levys and the 
Phoenix in Richmond. Kump rented a tem- 
porary booth at a trade show in Atlanta this 
summer and picked up 40 more accounts 
at stores and boutiques across the country. 

That's when she knew it was time to cut 
back her full-time hours at PRA. where she 
continues as a consultant. And since she 
could no longer keep up with demand on 
her own, she found a manufacturer. She 
still does all the design work. 

"I think growing up I always wanted to 
do something creative," Kump said. "But 
my family and everyone around me said I 
needed to get with something where there's 
money. So I think I've been craving a cre- 
ative outlet." 

Kump started Poesis - which comes 
from the Greek word that means to create - 
with three basic handbag designs. Now she 
has five, plus she's added shoes. Her hand- 
bags, made mostly of polished cotton and 
upholstery-weight fabrics, come in three 
shapes - the cube, triangle and rectangle. 
Three of the designs are full size and avail- 
able in 1 7 fabrics, like Pink Tutti, Vixen, 
Groovy, Monkey, Zebra and Moxie. 
There's even a Richmond fabric, a combi- 
nation of horizontal stripes in pink, yellow, 
blue and green. 

Her other two designs are the cube and 
rectangle cocktail handbags, which are 



smaller than the full-size bags. Her shoes, 
Panama grass sandals with hand-carved 
wooden heels, come in four fabrics. 

About a month after the terrorist 
attacks, Kump added Stars and Stripes 
handbags. This pattern is available in the 
cube and triangle only, with half of the 
proceeds going to the September 1 1 th 
Fund. 

While most of the whimsical bags shout 
color, from bright orange fruit fabrics to 
deep red stripes mixed with birds and hats, 
some of the fall designs come in darker 
tones. All sport fun buttons or tassels. 

"Her bags are so different and so taste- 
ful," said Chari Massie, co-owner of the 
Designer Consignor on Patterson Avenue. 
"It's a whole new look in purses. It's so 
refreshing. The customers are in love with 
it." 

In three weeks, Massie's store has sold 
25 of the purses. And in seven months, 
Kump has sold more than 750 purses 
nationwide. They range from $40 to$99. 
The shoes sell for about $65. "I'm 
thrilled." Kump said. "It's done better than 
I imagined. And I'm so much happier now. 
For the first time in my life, I spring out of 
bed in the morning. I love creating. I prob- 
ably should have been in visual arts long 
ago." 

Growing up in High Point, N.C., Kump 
learned to sew when she was 1 1 , when she 
took a sewing class with her mother. 



"Even back then, I was a total clothes- 
monger," said Kump, now 35. "My mom 
said she wasn't going to buy me 15 new 
outfits a week. But she said if I learned to 
sew, she would buy me all the fabric I 
wanted." 

At 14. she designed her first piece of 
clothing - a white cotton miniskirt. Later, 
when she entered Sweet Briar College, 
sewing took a back seat to studying. She 
graduated in 1988 with a degree in biology. 
Then it was on to MCV for her master's 
and Ph.D. 

"When she said she was going to design 
handbags, she sort of sneaked the idea up 
on me a little at a time because she eased 
into it," her husband said. "But now it's 
sort of snowballed. It's a big change, but 
I'm proud of her." 

Because of that change, the family now 
has to watch finances a little more closely, 
her husband said. Being a purse designer 
has not brought in the same income as a 
research scientist. 

"Losing some income has been a little 
rough," he said. "But I want her to have 
the opportunity to pursue this. I don't want 
to keep her from the things she wants to 
do." 

For now, that desire centers on hand- 
bags and shoes. Kump plans on adding 
more designs to her line. While she's not 
yet sure of their exact look, she's certain 
she won't skimp on the color. 

"I want them as crazy and wild as pos- 
sible," Kump said. "I think it would be 
neat for people to plan their outfit around 
their handbag. That's what I'm working 
toward anyway." 

Ed. Note: Update: Denton 's handbags will 
be making appearances on the TV shows 
"Lizzie McGuire" (Disney) and "Becker" 
(CBS) and on the hit show "Friends" 
sometime this season; featured in an arti- 
cle in "Southern Lady, " a women 's interest 
magazine out of Birmingham, AL in May 
2002 and in "Today's Charlotte Woman, " 
Charlotte, NC. The whimsical bags are 
being sold in more than 60 boutiques 
around the country — and they are avail- 
able at Sweet Briar 's Book Shop! 



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Charting a Course for 
Disability Rights 

Activist Pursues Justice 
With Upfront, Down-to- 
Earth Style 

By Erin Carroll 

Los Angeles Daily Journal Staff Writer 

LOS ANGELES - Black leather jacket 
slung over the back of her desk chair, a can 
of Coke within easy reach. Eve Hill is 
ready to propel the disability rights move- 
ment to new victories and to take on all 
those who would dare challenge the 
Americans with Disabilities Act. But first 
the executive director of the Western Law 
Center for Disability Rights has to attend 
to day-to-day business. 

It's just after 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, and 
Hill is behind her desk handling the first 
snag in her day of meetings, calls and even 
a movie premiere. 

She's just learned that the center's in- 
house advocate for the rights of children 
with learning disabilities will be out for six 
weeks and that she might need to pinch hit. 
Dealing with school administrators isn't 
exactly this lawyer's specialty, but Hill 
doesn't seem daunted. With a smile, she 
puts her fist to her desk and describes her 
strategy. 

"[If I have to go to a meeting], I'm just 
going to tell them, T want this. Why? 
Because I just do,'" she says. 

Hill is joking, but she gives the impres- 
sion that she walks out of many meetings 
having gotten what she came for. With a 
style that combines upfront with consum- 
mately down-to-earth, the 37-year-old Hill 
already has left an imprint on the disability 
rights movement far deeper than that left 
by many older advocates. In just three 
years as executive director. Hill's admirers 
say, she has raised the profile of the 
Western Law Center for Disability Rights 
from little-known nonprofit to serious 
player in the national disability rights 
movement. During that time, the center has 
been instrumental to getting what she 
wants - from sign-language interpreters for 
juvenile offenders to an agreement from a 
Korean tour bus operator that the company 
will not discriminate against those with 
disabilities. 



"We were really a well-kept secret, but 
I've been working hard to change that." 
Hill says. 

David Raizman. who directed the center 
in the mid-'90s and is now at the firm 
Bryan Cave, is one of Hill's biggest fans. 
"We're doing more and doing it better than 
before," says Raizman, who also is a board 
member of the center. "Any guilt I once 
felt over leaving the organization was com- 
pletely wiped away by Eve's remarkable 
stewardship." he says. 




Eve Hill '86: SBC English major, magna cum 
laude graduate. 



It's now 10:30 a.m., and Hill has her 
first meeting of the day: a job interview for 
a position known as "options counselor." 
An options counselor answers the tele- 
phone and decides how a caller's problems 
should be handled. Plus, she oversees the 
10 to 15 extents from the law school who 
work in the center each semester. The cen- 
ter has had a part-time options counselor, 
but Hill has just gotten board approval to 
make the position full time. It's a process 
she's had to go through on several occa- 
sions. During her tenure, the staff has 
grown from eight employees to 18. The 
increased staffing has created a problem 
Hill has found herself puzzling over a lot 
recently: space. The office the center occu- 
pies rent-free at Loyola Law School barely 
contains them anymore. 

"We talk about building a loft," she 
jokes. "My last resort is subdividing my 
office." 



Hill's job candidate arrives with his son, 
who has autism and is full of energy, in 
tow. Not missing a beat. Hill simply sets 
the boy up at a cubicle outside her office 
door so that he can entertain himself. The 
interview lasts about half an hour and. 
shortly before the candidate gets up to 
leave, he says to Hill. "You're doing some- 
thing that you know matters. You have to 
do something that your heart is into." 

Hill responds matter-of-factly. "I think 
so. I don't know if everyone does." 

After the interview is over. Hill talks 
about another of the many hats she must 
wear as executive director: fund-raiser. It's 
something co-workers say Hill is successful 
at but that Hill concedes is far from her 
favorite part of the job. 

"I really am a shy person." Hill says. "I 
don't know people with money, so I get 
introduced to people, but it's awkward. It's 
like I have a big sign over my head 
announcing what I'm going to ask them." 

The annual budget for the center is 
about SI. 2 million and is funded by Loyola, 
grants, attorney fees, the Interest on 
Lawyers Trust Accounts fund and dona- 
tions. With the economic downturn. Hill 
has concerns about the forecast for the cen- 
ter in 2002. But so far. donations have been 
coming in at their usual pace, she says. 

"What I'm afraid of is that we just aren't 
feeling it yet," she says. 

It's about 1 1:30 a.m., and Hill has a 
quick meeting with her office manager. 
Marianne Brazer, who is organizing 20 
training sessions given by the center's staff 
on the Americans with Disabilities Act and 
the rights of people with disabilities. 
Attendees include those with disabilities, 
their advocates and service providers. The 
center has received a grant to do twice as 
many sessions as it did last year, and, 
because most of the staff participates in 
each session, the logistics of scheduling 
them are daunting. But the results are well 
worth it. Hill says. 

"What I want people to get out of this is 
how to advocate for themselves." she says. 

The meeting ends with Hill telling 
Brazer she will make some telephone calls 
to help in the organizing. Then it's off to a 
luncheon meeting with the center's board 
president, Charles Siegal of Munger, Tolles 
& Olson, and vice president. Nicholas 



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DeWitt of DeWitt & Roberts, at a restau- 
rant in a downtown high-rise. The three are 
scheduled to decide which board members 
will serve on which committees in 2002. 
But the meeting is delayed when DeWitt, 
who has picked up Hill, can't find any 
vacant handicapped parking spaces or any 
space that will allow him to get his wheel- 
chair out. After they circle the building's 
underground lot. an attendant agrees to let 
DeWitt double-park his van. 

"There should be one [handicapped] 
spot for every 25," Hill says, looking 
around at the sea of nonhandicapped park- 
ing. Clearly, there is work to be done. 

After committee assignments are made 
and the Kung Pao chicken and shrimp with 
noodles have been cleared, DeWitt and 
Siegal tout the work that Hill has done. 
DeWitt mentions a meeting Hill had recent- 
ly with the board's long-range planning 
committee at which members talked about 
how well things were going at the center. 
But Hill let them know that she was look- 
ing for more. "If you all want to maintain, 
that's fine. But maintaining is not my 
thing," DeWitt recalls Hill saying to them. 

This comes from a woman who says she 
has always been so eager to please that she 
probably would have been a housewife had 
someone suggested that was expected of 
her. Instead, the Maine native graduated 
cum laude from Cornell Law School and 
took a job at the now-defunct Washington, 
D.C. firm of Pierson, Semmes & Bemis 
doing natural gas contract litigation. Later, 
she made the leap to the Department of 
Justice, where she would stay for five 
years, eventually becoming the supervisory 
attorney for the Disability Rights Section. 
She loved her work, but when she heard 
about the job at the Western Law Center, 
she knew it would be perfect. 

[Here I have] the possibility to be a 
leader in the disability rights movement." 
she says, "and move [it] forward in ways 
that I thought it should go." 

Before Hill arrived, the Western Center 
included a Disability Mediation Center and 
Cancer Legal Research center - a one-of-a- 
kind clearinghouse for legal information 
related to cancer. However, its primary 
focus was litigation. Hill still sees the 
organization as the "legal" group among 
sister disability rights organizations, but 



during her tenure she has grown the media- 
tion and cancer centers and overseen new 
ventures, such as the Learning Rights 
Project. Now, litigation is but one of many 
things the center does. 

After lunch, while Hill returns e-mails 
and makes phone calls, her staff members 
spend some time talking about their boss. 
"She's a total activist, maybe more so than 
any of us," staff attorney Chris Knauf says. 
Paula Pearlman. the center's director of liti- 
gation, calls Hill an "intellectual and legal 
mentor." Plus, Hill has provided real direc- 
tion for the organization, Pearlman says. 
"She really has a model of working cooper- 
atively for social change. She knows how 
to address legal issues, and she knows we 
need allies." Pearlman says. 

Hill spends most of the afternoon on a 
conference call with board members. 
Though today she has been occupied by her 
many administrative functions, she spends 
many hours on other days teaching classes 
at Loyola Law School, where she is an 
associate professor. On another day, she 
might be writing an op-ed piece or an ami- 
cus brief. In one recent brief, she helped 
argue that Title I of the Americans with 
Disabilities Act erases the immunity of 
state governments from employment dis- 
crimination suits. In another. Hill argued 
that a journalist with a repetitive stress 
injury that prevents her from writing or typ- 
ing should be protected by the act. And 
then there is the time Hill spends envision- 
ing where she wants the organization to go. 
It's hard with the disability rights move- 
ment to chart a course, she says, because 
the members are so diverse. 

"People [with disabilities] come from 
every culture, religion [and] financial strata 
there is. It's really hard to create a move- 
ment from that," she says. 

But Hill believes that she not only can 
do that but also can expand the organiza- 
tion, perhaps, into Oregon, Nevada or 
Washington. 

"I want to do this on a bigger scale. 
We're the Western Law Center. We can do 
the West," she says. 

It's now about 5 p.m., and Hill has some 
work to finish up. Then it's off to the pre- 
miere of "Sam I Am," a movie staring Sean 
Penn as a mentally challenged man fighting 
to get custody of his daughter. The pre- 



miere is a fund-raiser for another organiza- 
tion. After that. Hill will head home. There, 
she will be greeted by a wheelchair-accessi- 
ble ramp. But it's not for her personal use. 
She had it built so that friends would have 
no problem reaching the front door. 

"I'm a put-your-money-where-your- 
mouth-is kind of person," she says. 

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with permission. 

Amy Thompson 
McCandless '68 Receives 
Outstanding Book Award 

Amy McCandless, Professor of History 
at the College of Charleston, has received 
the 2001 Outstanding Book Award from 
the History of Education Society. 

Published by the University of Alabama 
Press, her book, The Past in the Present: 
Women s Higher Education in the 
Twentieth-Century American South, exam- 
ines regional and national influences that 
have made the educational experience of 
Southern women unique. She focuses on 
both black and white women at a wide 
variety of institutions. Drawing on oral 
interviews and campus publications, she 
constructs a very detailed picture of 
women's collegiate experiences in the 
South. 

Thirty-eight books were considered by 
the committee which chose her book as 
"the most outstanding book on the history 
of education published during the years 
1999 and 2000." 

Amy has been teaching at the College 
of Charleston since 1976 and is also an 




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associate provost there. Her years at Sweet 
Briar included study in Scotland at the 
University of Aberdeen. She earned her 
A.B. in history from Sweet Briar, graduat- 
ing Phi Beta Kappa and winning the 
History Award. In addition, she holds an 
M.B.A. in personnel from the University 
of South Carolina and her M.A. and Ph.D. 
in modern British social history from the 
University of Wisconsin. Most of Amy's 
research has been on women's history and 
British history and she has won numerous 
academic awards. 

Amy is past-president of both the South 
Carolina Historical Association and the 
Southern Association for Women 
Historians and is a member of the editorial 
board of the South Carolina Historical 
Magazine. She is a past vice president of 
the College of Charleston's Avery Institute 
for African American History and Culture, 
and is currently chair of the Charleston 
Area Lutheran Campus Ministry. Amy's 
husband Peter is also a professor at the 
College of Charleston. They have two 
sons, Alastair. a 1997 alumnus of Furman 
University and Colin, a 2001 alumnus of 
the University of North Carolina- Asheville 
- and also a 14-year-old cat, Smokey, "a 
former mouse hunter and squirrel mauler." 

Amy's book is available for sale in the 
Sweet Briar Book Shop. It can be ordered 
by phone (800-381-6106), fax (434-381- 
6437) or email (bookshop® sbc.edu ). 




L-r: Tia Trout, President Muhlenfeld, Laura Reither 

Laura Reither '02 and Tia 
Trout 02 Receive 
Presidential Medals 

Sweet Briar seniors Laura Reither, 
Summerville. SC, and Tia Trout, Louisa. 
KY, capped stellar college careers when 
President Muhlenfeld awarded them 
Presidential Medals at the February 20, 
2002 Academic Recognition Dinner. 

The Presidential Medal honors seniors 
who have demonstrated exemplary intel- 
lectual achievement and. in addition, dis- 
tinction in some or all of the following 
areas: service to the community, contribu- 
tions to the arts, enlargement of our global 
perspective, athletic fitness and achieve- 
ment, leadership, and contributions to the 
community discourse. 

Laura Reither. who plans to pursue 
graduate study of structural biology and 
the way in which proteins interact with 
drugs, was among 302 recipients nation- 
wide to receive the highly selective nation- 
al Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 
2001-2002 academic year. She recently 
received news of her acceptance into grad- 
uate programs in biochemistry at both 
Harvard and Yale Universities. 

Currently, Laura, a biochemistry and 
molecular biology major, is completing, 
requirements for an honors degree con- 
ducting research on chemical toxins in 
watershed around Sweet Briar's campus. 
In April, she will present data from her 
research at the annual meeting of the 
Association of Southeastern Biologists in 
Boone, NC. 



She was the only member of the Class 
of 2002 to be recognized by Phi Beta 
Kappa during her junior year. In addition, 
she has earned numerous awards and 
scholarships for her achievements, includ- 
ing the Betty Bean Black Scholarship, the 
Emilie Watts McVea Scholarship (as top- 
ranking member of her class), the Manson 
Memorial Scholarship. Alpha Lambda 
Delta. Iota Sigma Pi. Eta Sigma Phi and 
the Mary K. Benedict Scholarship. 

Outside the classroom. Laura has served 
Sweet Briar as treasurer of the Student 
Government Association (SGA), 
Orientation chairwoman for the Class of 
2005, the Chemistry Department represen- 
tative on the Academic Affairs Committee, 
and a member of the Dean's Advisory 
Committee, among other co-curricular 
activities. 

"Laura has been a quiet, dedicated, and 
steady presence in her co-curricular activi- 
ties — not seeking the limelight, but exem- 
plifying leadership of some important, but 
not always highly visible, projects includ- 
ing Orientation." said Dean of Co- 
Curricular Life Valdrie Walker. 

Tia Trout, a government major with 
minors in law and society and applied 
music, was one of only 70 nationwide win- 
ners of the Truman Scholarship in March 
200 1 . The highly selective scholarship rec- 
ognizes college juniors with exceptional 
leadership potential who are committed to 
careers in government or elsewhere in pub- 
lic service. Tia will apply her $30,000 for 
graduate studies, pursuing a master's 
degree in bioethics and a J.D. specializing 
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As an affirmation of her excellence, she 
was invited back following her first intern- 
ship in the Clerk's Office of the U.S. 
Supreme Court in 2000 to serve as assis- 
tant clerk in summer 200 1 . 

Also recognized with numerous acco- 
lades. Tia has been honored as a Manson 
Scholar, a Betty Bean Black Scholar, a 
four-year recipient of the Robert C. Byrd 
Scholarship, a member of Phi Alpha Delta 
and a Mary McKintosh Sherer Award 
recipient. 

Currently serving as SGA president, she 
served as class president her freshman, 
sophomore and junior years. In addition, 
she has served as an academic resource 
learning assistant. Government Department 
assistant and tutor, a resident assistant, and 
a KEY Leader for first-year students. 

"During my years at Sweet Briar, I've 
developed a growing passion for student 
government combined with public serv- 
ice," said Tia, who has participated in 
numerous efforts to support academic, 
civic, and community engagement, most 
recently working toward the upcoming 
campus discussion on Sweet Briar's 
General Education distribution require- 
ments. 

Elaine Schuster '58 
Honored as One of Fifty 
Oklahoma "Women of the 
Year" 

Elaine Schuster was named a finalist, 
for the second time, for the "Woman of the 
Year" award given by the Journal Record, * 
a business publication in Oklahoma City. *§ 

O 

The award recognizes "excellence in busi- J 
ness and community involvements," and as 
the Sweet Briar community knows, Elaine 
has a remarkable record of contributions to 
civic, educational and philanthropic organi- 
zations as well as to her profession of the 
law. 

Elaine grew up in a successful 
Oklahoma business family, helping her 
parents in their business of running an oil- 
field machine shop and developing oil 
products. Today, she is happy to be running 
her own business, as an attorney at law and 
president of her own law firm, E. Elaine 
Schuster, P.C. 

Before entering the law, Elaine, a drama 
major at Sweet Briar, earned a Master of 



Arts degree in economics and finance from 
the University of Oklahoma and taught 
economics at Southeastern State University 
for four years. She completed her Juris 
Doctor from the University of Oklahoma 
and started her own practice in 1 982 after 
six years as an assistant district attorney for 
Oklahoma County and five years in private 
partnership. Elaine is admitted to practice 
before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, all 
state courts and U.S. District Courts for the 
Western, Eastern, and Northern Districts of 
Oklahoma, and the 1 0th Circuit Court of 
Appeals. She also has numerous duties 
with the state and county bar associations: 
she is an elected member of the House of 
Delegates of the Oklahoma Bar 
Association and serves on various commit- 
tees of the County Bar Association and its 
board of directors. She has been listed in 
Who s Who of American Women since 
1965 and in Who's Who of Law since 1992. 

In a life filled with volunteer commit- 
ments, the one to which Elaine devotes 
most time is her work with the vocational- 
technical school, known as Metro Tech. 
She was appointed to its Board of 
Education by the Governor of Oklahoma 
in 1982, the only woman member. The last 
member of that original board still serving, 
she has filled every officer's position 
including president, vice president, clerk, 
and chairman of numerous committees. In 
nominating Elaine as one of the "Fifty 
Women of the Year," the superintendent of 
Metro Tech described her as "an exempla- 




ry representative of a dedicated citizen 
choosing to serve on a local board of edu- 
cation. Tireless, unappreciated hours of 
service are given with enthusiasm and 
unparalleled professionalism." 

Elaine's many other board and commit- 
tee roles include: national officer for 
Kappa Beta Pi Legal Association; 
Founding Director of the National Kidney 
Foundation of Oklahoma; scholarship 
committee of the Oklahoma City 
Community Foundation; president of the 
Oklahoma City branch of the American 
Association of University Women and also 
service on its Oklahoma Division Board 
and Association committees; Oklahoma 
County Board of Adjustment; boards of 
University Place Christian Church and 
Crown Heights Christian Church. 

The citation naming Elaine as one of 
the top 50 Women of the Year states, "She 
has a lifetime commitment to the historical 
significance of Oklahoma's communities, 
institutions, and the families who helped 
shape Oklahoma City." A charter member 
of the Oklahoma County Historical 
Society, Elaine demonstrated her support 
of historic preservation by buying a 1 9 1 1 
building from which to run her law prac- 
tice; the building is now listed on the 
Oklahoma Historical Society inventory of 
historical structures. In addition to history. 
Elaine's wide-ranging interests include 
travel, art, hiking, and photography. 

Sweet Briar, along with Metro Tech, is 
one of the greatest beneficiaries of Elaine's 
wonderful spirit of volunteerism. A faithful 
supporter of Sweet Briar since her gradua- 
tion, she served for four years on the 
College's Board of Directors and for eight 
years on the Alumnae Association Board. 
When her term ended in 2001, the 
Alumnae Board passed a resolution 
expressing "deepest appreciation to Elaine 
for the personal dedication and profession- 
al insight that have marked her long and 
loyal service on the board." 

The nominees for Oklahoma "Woman 
of the Year" were honored on September 
27, 2001 at a dinner held at the National 
Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum 
and attended by 900 people. 



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After Devastating Losses, Susan Sudduth Hiller'66 
and her Partner Succeed and Help Others 

Susan Sudduth Hiller'66 and Ann Baskette were both widowed suddenly at an early age 
and left with young children to raise. Together, the two managed to rebuild their lives. 
Meeting shortly after their husbands' deaths, they founded the first Arkansas chapter of 
THEOS. a grief support group for young widowed persons. Realizing that they shared the 
same basic values, strong religious faith, and optimistic outlook, they decided they made 
a good team and then started their own business. Medical Office Management Systems 
Inc. (MOMS Inc.) which specialized in computerizing medical clinics. They were very 
successful, both in raising their families, and in their business. They not only survived in 
the male-dominated computer field, they rose to the top of it and became consultants to 
corporations. 

Now Susan and Ann have written an inspiring book about their experiences. An 
Odyssey from Moms to MOMS Inc. It is "an encouraging account of two Godly women 
who turn tragedy to triumph and overcome bias and barriers in their pursuit of success 
in their new business and their new lives, " stated R. Barry Sorrells. M.D.. Orthopedic 
Surgeon. 

Susan and Ann are committed to helping others, especially women who have suffered 
some life-shattering event, inspiring them to turn their lives around and develop their 
skills and confidence in the business world. Anyone who has had similar experiences and 
would like to contact Susan is welcome to e-mail her at the following address: 
susunie momsvalley.com. Susan and Ann are doing a series of speeches and workshops 
and have already spoken to groups such as women 's church circles, select clients of 
Merrill Lynch, businesswomen. Their talks can be aimed at the grieving (not just through 
death), the inspirational (either faith-based or goal achievement) and the business sec- 
tors. 

For more information about the book, see their website, www.MOMSvalley.com The 
book can be ordered from the Sweet Briar Book Shop (by telephone. 800-38 1 -6 1 06; fax 
(434-381-6437) or e-mail (bookshop@sbc.edu) 

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Susan's Story 

Near midnight after an especially enjoy- 
able evening spent with friends, my hus- 
band admitted that he was experiencing a 
headache that was becoming increasingly 
severe. The complexity of his complaint 
became glaringly obvious when he. a 
ph\ sician himself, called the emergency 
room and asked that the neurosurgeon on 
duty be called to meet us there. Even in 
severe pain, his diagnostic skills predicted 
correctly. Before we could reach the hospi- 
tal, he was incoherent, then unconscious. 
Two days later life support was removed. 

Do right; study hard; be diligent. 
Every thing in life will work out fine, just 
the way I plan it. How naive I was to 
believe this, even well into my thirties. 
Understandable, though, considering the 
fact that through my youth and early adult- 
hood, it happened that way. It took this 
devastating event to make me realize that 
life could be thrown completely off course 
within a matter of minutes and that it was 
completely out of my control. 

Money was neither scarce nor plentiful 
in our home, but priorities were on target. 
Dad was a college professor, and Mother, 
as is termed these days, a stay-at-home 
mom. Even though professors don't make 
huge salaries, we still had a lovely home 
and new cars every few years. No country 
club memberships, but they spared no 
expense when it came to education for 
both my brother and me. Academic and 
athletic success came our way as we 
attended schools that reflected the ideals 
and goals that were expressed in our home. 
We felt loved, encouraged, and challenged. 

Rarely did I play a basketball game or 
tennis match without being able to look 
among the spectators and find my Mom 
and Dad. As a tennis tournament would 
progress, my normally non-superstitious 
father would take exactly the same route to 
the courts or wear the same shirt, not to be 
washed, until I was defeated or victorious. 
During one. he picked up a tiny twig dur- 
ing the first round, saved it and diligently 
brought it to each match. I won. 

Security, happiness, success, love 
describe not only my youth but also my 
academic years. During the years spent at 
Sweet Briar College. I did gain a wealth of 
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to think, to appreciate, to express, and to 
discern — as art. science, music, nature, ath- 
letics, literature, history, philosophy blend- 
ed against a background of friendships, 
which are held dear to this day. The one 
blemish occurred during freshman sum- 
mer, when my father died suddenly. Bound 
by love, our family rallied, and. besides, 
parents are supposed to predecease their 
children, aren't they? My mind told me 
that, but my heart missed him. 

Typical of the sixties was the tradition 
of marriage immediately following college 
graduation. Was I ever still on track as my 
love and I were wed within three months! 
Frank and I had dated since the eighth 
grade, when we had to be escorted to 
dances or parties by his mother until he 
was old enough to drive. Thus, our union 
was no surprise to anyone. From intense 
admiration of our physician grandfather. 
Daddy Doc. I had had a desire for a long 
time either to become a doctor or to marry 
one, and these choices seemed mutually 
exclusive at that time in my life. One 
month after our marriage Frank entered 
medical school. 

Although the work was arduous, he per- 
severed and became a Doctor of Medicine, 
ready for the internship, military experi- 
ence, and residency that lay ahead. During 
these years I undertook a variety of seem- 
ingly unrelated positions of employment. 
Biochemical research, computer program- 
ming and systems design, medical office 
management — all were fascinating but 
very different. We moved a lot, even once 
a year for a while, but ended up in Little 
Rock for his orthopedic residency and sub- 
sequent acceptance into an established 
practice. Right on target! 

Evidently, about the only thing missing 
from our "perfect" life was a child. Our 
ultimate blessing arrived in the form of our 
precious daughter, not only somewhat on 
schedule, but exactly on schedule, on my 
mother's birthday! The man who at one 
point in his youth thought that he didn't 
want to have children was hopelessly cap- 
tivated by this bundle. "If I don't miss my 
guess, that is one smart cookie." She is. 

There still seemed to be no reason to 
believe that my life would not continue on 
track, just as I had wanted it to be, with 
everything in place. As with almost all 




Susan Sudduth Hiller '66 

marriages, we had had some temporary 
difficulties, but even those had been over- 
come successfully. Here I was, well edu- 
cated, the mother of a beautiful daughter 
and wife to a successful doctor. Then — 
with no warning, not even a foreshadowing 
hint — the excruciating headache came, 
killing my husband and devastating my 
World. 

Our book. An Odyssey: from Moms to 
MOMS. Inc., picks up at this point. My 
business partner and co-author. Ann 
Baskette and I met in the fall of that same 
year, 1980. Her husband had died unex- 
pectedly four months after mine. Thus we 
both had suddenly become not only wid- 
ows but also single moms. Our story tells 
of our first establishing a local chapter of a 
widowed-persons' support group. THEOS. 
[As an aside: this chapter is still in exis- 
tence, and we were recently asked to speak 
for a regional meeting of this group.] 
Realizing that we could work well togeth- 
er, we decided to go into business together. 

From a single idea we established our 
corporation. Medical Office Management 
Systems, Inc. [MOMS. Inc.] which special- 
ized in computerizing medical clinics. 
During the following nineteen years we 
expanded not only one client at a time but 



also through a series of company acquisi- 
tions. Eventually we had clients in main 
states, from Colorado and Arizona, east- 
ward through Kentucky and Tennessee. 
The book fills in the details. 

Throughout this, we still were moms. 
My daughter Penn, almost five when her 
father died, was [and still is] the joy of my 
life. She and I were a tiny but happy fami- 
ly during those years. She excelled and 
made me truly proud. I tried not to smother 
her but enjoyed many activities with her, 
including scuba diving and several mission 
trips to Haiti. The year that she entered 
Dartmouth turned out to be one of the 
busiest for our company. It was fortunate 
that I needed to travel quite a bit that year. 

Just as I was adapting to the "empty 
nest," my life took another turn. One 
evening an acquaintance, whose late wife I 
had known well, called and invited me to 
attend a symphony performance. We mar- 
ried five years ago, just one month before 
Penn graduated from college. Now my 
family consists of five children, four chil- 
dren-in-law. and four grandchildren. Not 
long after this Spotlight article appears, my 
daughter will have delivered her first baby. 
We are thrilled that it will be a girl since 
my own mother, soon to be ninety-two, is 
in good health and lives nearby. What a 
time it will be when the four of us are 
together! 

After selling our business. Ann and I 
were employed for several months but 
were happy when that arrangement came 
to an end. Since then, we felt truly called 
to write this book. Thus, we did. Now it is 
important for us to help distribute it to peo- 
ple, women especially, who have found 
their lives suddenly shattered by some life- 
changing event. We want to share the story 
of how. with the help of our family, friends 
and faith, we were able to turn our shat- 
tered lives into successful ones. 



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c ass notes 



1930 



A phone call from the son of Sarah 
DeSaussure Heath assured the 
Alumnae Office that Sarah is alive and 
well at age 93. 



1933 



Mary Nelson Neville Sieman 

writes to thank the College for the cen- 
tennial video, and sends best wishes to 
all. She spent one year at SBC, 1929- 
30, then returned to the west and grad- 
uated from Missouri University in 1933 
with a BFA degree. Mary Nelson 
returned to Sweet Briar for her SBC 
class's 55th Reunion, for which she 
was the fund-raiser and scrapbook 
chair. 



1934 



Secretary: Martha Lou Lemmon 

Stohlman 
Fund Agent: Elizabeth Bond Wood 

Jane Morrison Moore was with us 
at SBC only two years but remains one 
of our most faithful correspondents. 
She and I recently turned 88. with 
those clever cards such as hers that 
showed friends "raising their glasses". 
Inside, of course, were Granny's specs. 
Huh! I still drink Dubonnet, don't you? 

Like Jane, Helen Hanson Bamford 
entertains regiments of posterity. On 
the side, she still manages her farm 
and keeps saying she doesn't want to 
go to a retirement community. But 
Anne Corbitt Little, finally tired of car- 
ing for house and yard, has applied to 
one in Atlanta. 

The only trip abroad reported was 
by Elizabeth Mayfield Roughton. On 
their European cruise she was able to 
speak German with the staff. 
"Remember Miss Huber?" she asks. 
You bet! Never wore a coat, no matter 
what the weather. Thought she was in 
the South. 

Priscilla Mullen Gowen's note, 
first I've had, was a pleasant surprise. 
She attends historical groups and exer- 
cise classes, admits to a mite of arthri- 
tis and, "Guess what! Old age." Her 
sister Evelyn Mullen '31. lives in 
Guardian Care there in Roanoke 
Rapids. NC. 

Tinka Strauss Solmssen still cher- 
ishes memories of her single year at 
SBC. We are not far apart but a lot of 
traffic lies between us and we have not 
met since their move to Meadow Lakes 
in NJ Connie Burwell White's hus- 
band, like Tinka's. is somewhat dis- 



abled. Connie says that growing flow- 
ers now displaces fly-fishing for her. 

Ruth Myers Pleasants rejoices in 
much family, unto the fourth genera- 
tion. She's seen Lib Scheuer Maxwell 
recently and says that a column in the 
NYTimes about her grandsons Ted and 
Matthew Lee ran a moving account of 
a visit to their grandfather's grave in 
Madeira. (He died of a heart attack 
while vacationing there). 

Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace 
wrote from their retirement home in St. 
Louis, recalling the thrill in 1931 of 
getting Kansas City on Mary Jane 
Hayden's radio. They burst in on Dee 
Taylor and me at 2:00 am with the 
marvelous news and we went right 
down to hear it. Hardly anyone had 
radios then. 

Mary Moore Rowe finds that "life 
is meager right now". Her husband 
Carter died June 25th following a fall 
and a stroke. Many of us know the 
truth of her statement. Her address is 
1108 Princess Anne St., 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401. 

My daughter Suzanne, ex 72, who 
doesn't mind traveling with Mother, 
had to nurse a stricken mate (better 
now), so I haven't been anywhere 
except Kennebunkport and, like Marj 
and Pris, visited SBC in April. We were 
all bowled over by a campus even love- 
lier than it was in the 1930s. Gardens 
have expanded and lawns, as far as the 
eye could see, looked like golf greens. 
By now no one is left on campus 
whom we knew but the welcomes are 
as heartwarming as if we were still part 
of the family. Hey, we are! 



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Secretary: Ruth Mealand Schwartz 

So much has transpired since we 
last met in our official news column 
last year, in our excellent Alumnae 
magazine! 

Your postcard responses are 
becoming fewer: there are about 85 
class members from whom news can 
be received. However, that means that 
about 50% of all those who attended 
SBC in the class of 1940 are still to be 
counted. Some of you have retired but 
are still able to live active lives, while 
some others find retirement years are 
quiet and dull. Many are downsizing 
and moving into smaller homes or 
retirement community quarters. 

One such classmate is Jane Bush 
Long, who after 47 years in one home 
finally sold it and moved on October 
1st into a condominium, but still in 
Augusta. CA. Jane visits her sister. 
Mariana Bush King and her husband 
in Florida. She also saw Marion Coles 



Phinizy Jones from Pasadena. CA and 
her sister. Logan, when they were in 
Augusta for their younger sister's 
funeral. All of them still look the same! 

Another down-sizer is Georgia 
Herbert Hart, who is packing up to 
move in January 2002 to another 
address in W. Columbia. SC. Georgia 
urges us all to express our confidence 
in our President and our country now 
as we proceed to be "One Nation 
Under God". In another year, after set- 
tling into her new home, she wants to 
go on an SBC trip. 

Elizabeth (Ivy) Ivins Haskins is 
already living in a smaller home, a very 
nice retirement home in Westwood, 
MA, in a city in which they had lived 40 
years before. She is still active in gar- 
den club, Colonial Dames. MFA and 
Chilton Club lectures. 

Three classmates who are no 
longer with us, are listed in this maga- 
zine's obituary section, namely Ruth 
Collins Henry who died from strokes, 
in February 2001: Ann Adamson Taylor 
from emphysema also in 2001 : and 
Jane Baker Grant in August 2001 

Agnes Spencer Burke of NW 
Washington DC says that she has now 
invested in her future — an apartment in 
a very nifty (quote) retirement commu- 
nity, in Charlottesville, VA, called 
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue 
Ridge. She is not yet ready to leave her 
DC home, but the apartment is ready 
for her when she is. A daughter, Aggie 
Rives lives nearby in Keswick, VA and 
her son, Jack and his wife and daugh- 
ter are also on the East Coast now. 
This granddaughter is now at American 
University. Jack commutes between 
California and Alexandria, VA. where he 
and his family have bought a house 
now and Aggie hopes they will stay 
there! She is trying to get another 
daughter. Elizabeth, to move out of 
Grosse Pointe. Ml, and join them out 
East. 

Richard Soaper returned the post- 
card for his mother, Katherine Hodge 
Soaper. saying that she is no longer 
able to walk or talk, due to a series of 
strokes. He lives in Louisville, KY, 
though Katherine is in a nursing home 
in IN. 

One of our most active members is 
Adelaide (Polly) Boze Glascock, who 
still travels to our beautiful campus. 
Polly also attended Ann Adamson 
Taylor's funeral, where she met up with 
Emory Gill Williams and Clara Call 
Frazier. as it was held in Richmond. 
VA, where all three live. Evidently Polly 
missed seeing Mary Miller (Naquin) 
Sharp and Maria (Phoopy) Burroughs 
Livingston, who came from Baltimore. 
MD and Hudson, NY for it. Polly con- 
tinues to tell of friends and family 



being invited to Emory's daughter, 
Dabney Williams McCoy's home after- 
wards. Emory is Sally Adamson 
Taylor's (70) god-mother while Ann 
was Dabney's. Polly, with Jim and their 
son, had a trip to London in the spring, 
this being a special treat to have their 
son with them, to join them visiting 
friends in London. Back home, Polly 
was then able to drive over to SBC for 
the April 21st Centennial Celebration, 
to hear an outstanding speaker, Sally 
Ride, the astronaut. Polly was 
impressed by our President Elisabeth 
(Betsy) Muhlenfeld, whose article in a 
2001 Richmond Times-Dispatch 
answered questions as to how stu- 
dents can make better college choices 
by touring the campuses desired, to 
learn about the educational and intel- 
lectual life on each one. It was a schol- 
arly and objectively written article, 
making both Polly and me very proud. 

Polly has really been a godsend 
when it comes to sending me up-to- 
date articles about our classmates. One 
such recent article was about Helen 
Anderson Bryan s being presented a 
certificate of appreciation by the U of 
TN at Chattanooga's music department 
in recognition of her efforts to increase 
music education. Helen is the founder 
of the Chattanooga Education in 
Musical Arts Association and organized 
the first teacher training course in the 
Kodaly Method of Music Education. 
The Kodaly Method stresses singing, 
music reading, folk, and art music for 
elementary schoolchildren. 

Another article sent in by Polly was 
about Mary Lee Settle (Tazewell)'s 
newest book, /. Roger Williams, a biog- 
raphy written as a historical novel of 
this first settler of Rhode Island, who 
espoused the separation of church and 
state. Mary Lee has authored a 
National Book Award winner titled 
Blood Tie, and has proven to be a rec- 
ognized historical novelist. 

Polly was actually able to see 
Carrington (Connie) Lancaster Pasco 
and Merrill, in Richmond after the 
Pascos had spent the month of August 
at their retreat. Polly also sees Clara 
Call Frazier and Emory Gill Williams, 
both of Richmond. VA from time to 
time and keeps up with Mildred Moon 
Montague of Lookout Mountain. TN by 
US Mail. She wishes she could also 
see Mildred. 

Clara Sasscer Chandler writes 
from Chevy Chase, MD that husband 
Harrison just became 90! They are 
both surviving (quote) as they each 
have health problems and can no 
longer travel. She loves to read our 
class news notes, though. 

Cynthia Noland Young is another 
excellent news up-dater, writing that 



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she sat next to Adelaide (Polly) Boze 

Glascock at Sally Ride's stunning 
(quote) presentation on April 21, 2001. 
Cynthia's twin daughters, Mary and 
Lucy, accompanied her. Lucy is a pilot- 
captain with US Airways. A photo of 
Cynthia and Polly was enclosed and I 
really recognized them — they both 
looked wonderful even with a lighter 
color in their hair. After our SBC 
Centennial Celebration Cynthia and her 
twins joined relatives near Richmond 
for a mini-family reunion. She also 
keeps in touch with Patty Moncure 
Drewry ('39) who in turn says she 
plays bridge with Clara Call Frazier 
once a month. But Cynthia's big news 
was about Karl and her having in July 
2001 a gathering of all six kids at the 
Youngs' residence in Southport, NC, 
when son Douglas and his family came 
from Boulder, CO. Otherwise Cynthia is 
publicity chairman for her town's 
Friends of the Library. She now has to 
conquer the library's computers to 
make posters for their five meetings 
this year. 

Margaret (Maggie) Dowell 
Kearney doesn't let her sight problems 
of macular degeneration keep her at 
home in McLean, VA all of the time. 
She likes to visit one of her sons in 
Florida and his family and did so in 
October 2001. 

Evelyn Williams Turnbull has lived 
in Charlottesville for several years. She 
has now retired from her UVA job but 
finds life becoming quiet and dull, 
except when she gets together with 
Elizabeth Scott, a year or so ahead of 
her at SBC. 

Jean Tyree Oseth still lives in the 
old town section of Alexandria, VA and 
after being with Ruth Collins Henry 
when Ruthie passed away in February 
2001, she took a trip the next month to 
the Mediterranean coast, taking her 
daughters and their husbands to see 
the Pyrenees and fabulous Carcasonne. 
At home she is still working on the 
archives at the Colonial Dames, and 
hopes to get them restored by the end 
of her term. There are other historical 
projects she is involved in along with 
being on a city board on preserva- 
tion — and that is now an uphill battle 
against development! 

In Baltimore, MD, Mary Miller 
(Naquin) Sharp is still hanging in there 
as VP of the World's Federation of 
Friends of Museums and President of 
the US Federation of Museums. A 
search for a new President is still OW 

Hortense Powell Cooper might 
consider moving into a retirement 
complex near her sister's, if it weren't 
such a chore to move. Her life contin- 
ues well and she is happy so far in her 
home of many years in Shelbyville. TN. 
Her three sons live not too far from her 
in the Nashville area. 

On the complete opposite side of 
the USA lives Martha Janney Smith 
McGowan in Rialto, CA with husband. 
They travel annually to visit their 
daughters and families in Orlando, FL 



and also in Garden Valley, CA. Right 
now she is a prejudiced great-grand- 
mother to 16 month old Ethan. He is 
quite a talker but at 6 months was 
taught baby sign-language, so that now 
he is quite versatile with both his 
hands and his mouth. 

Back into the central part of our 
country lives Rosemary Bjorge 
Johnson in Madison, Wl where she has 
become involved in more things than 
she can handle (quote). She enjoys a 
literature class and the symphony 
along with a senior-type exercise class. 
Having family spread around the coun- 
try, in 2001 Rosemary gathered all of 
them, minus one granddaughter, for a 
week in her beloved Black Hills in SD. 
One granddaughter is at Amherst 
College, and another is at Williams. A 
daughter and a son live in Minneapolis 
while her 3rd and eldest, Susie, lives 
the single career life in Denver. 

A card was sent to me from SBC 
with news from Helen Cornwell Jones 
in Hightstown, NJ of her and Homer's 
son, a Presbyterian minister, taking a 
trip to Oberammergau in June 2000, 
while Homer led a Princeton Seminary 
group of all religious faiths on a trip to 
the Dead Sea and Jerusalem in August 
of the same year. A card from Clara 
Call Frazier relates that October was a 
nightmare for their family because her 
daughter and granddaughter were in a 
terrible accident in California. The 
granddaughter is all right but their 
daughter was critically injured; she was 
unconscious for a week but has now 
left rehab and is expected to recover. 
We are thankful for that hopeful prog- 
nosis. 

Laurence and I have had a wonder- 
fully busy year up until now. There 
were trips to Orlando, FL twice in the 
Spring, once to meet English friends 
who brought their son and his family 
of grandchildren over here; the second 
time, a month later, to attend the high 
school graduation of a grandson, who 
won several honors as well as a full 
tuition scholarship at the U of 
FL/Gainesville for their Architectural 
school (the College of William and 
Mary did not offer Architecture). Then 
four or five small family and/or close 
friends' luncheons or cookouts were 
held to help Laurence celebrate his 
90th on September 4th. It was fun to 
be together with smaller and closer- 
knit groups; and all turned out wonder- 
fully except one, which had to be can- 
celled due to not only Ruth's surprise 
of being told that she should have 
major surgery to remove a cancerous 
tumor in her colon while in its early 
stage, as well as the insecurity of 
changing flights to and from a family 
home in Eastern-Central New York 
State and our home in Cleveland OH all 
because of the horrendous tragedy of 
9-11. 

Mildred Moon Montague's "Better 
Late than Never" postal tells of son 
Ricky having bicycled across France 
from the Belgian border to the Spanish 



border. His mother in law, artist Jane 
Williams Bradley, followed Rick on his 
journey, painting as he went along. 
Mildred has purchased Mary Lee 
Settle (Tazewell) s book about Roger 
Williams and is most impressed with 
Mary Lee's research. 

An addenda note from Cynthia 
Noland Young said that daughter Lucy 
Young was home in Smithport, NC to 
help her parents celebrate their 60th 
over October 4th with other family 
members. Last April, Karl and Cynthia 
cruised to Nassau with her sister and 
brother in law. The "Royal Empress" 
left from Wilmington. NC and sailed 
down the Cape Fear River right past 
the Youngs' home. 

Blair Bunting Both s card says she 
can't imagine how this got buried on 
her desk. "However, we are fine (glad 
to say). Rich is still at Longwood 
Gardens and I'm at Del. Hospice. The 
Centennial Celebration at SBC was 
wonderful — especially having Doris 
Kearns Goodwin as a speaker — also 
Kenneth Starr (the latter couldn't hold 
a candle to her!). It was great to have 
Emory Gill Williams and her husband 
there! The campus looked beautiful 
and food was excellent. We've just 
returned from Wilson, NC visiting 
daughter Blair who is interim at St. 
Timothy's church. 

We are all now looking forward to a 
better 2002 and I do hope news from 
you will continue to come in. Your 
Secretary will in turn keep you 
informed of any special news in 
between the postal-card mailings. 



1943 



President: Clare Eager Matthai 
Secretary: Catherine Parker 
Silverman 

Again many thanks to all of you 
who contributed to this column of 43 
class notes, a total of 12 responses, 
somewhat less than last year. 

Brooks Barnes, a faithful contribu- 
tor, celebrated her 80th birthday in an 
unusual way. Her "good family" gave 
her a "work for Aunt Brooks day"— 
lunch and dinner for about 35 of us 
who cleaned windows, the garage, 
cleared away brush and burned it, 
raked and patched the driveway, built 
cellar steps, etc." What a wonderful 
birthday! She says it was great for her 
and everyone had such a wonderful 
time doing it. Brooks is still living in 
her old family house over Plymouth 
Harbor. Sounds beautiful— why move? 
Otherwise she is fortunate in having 
good health, keeps busy with church, 
bridge, rug making, family, and keeping 
up with the house. Doesn't travel much 
because of her 15-year-old dog. 

She also mentioned that she had 
heard from Weezie Woodruff Angst 
who called her from Delray Beach, FL 
where she is enjoying life in a nice 
assisted living apartment. 

Dode Cheatham James describes 
a "fabulous" trip in June of this year 



when she visited a friend on her estate 
in Tuscany — three gardeners and 2000 
rose bushes. They painted watercolors 
in the garden then toured the country- 
side in between painting sessions. 
"Fabulous place — since then 
dullsville!" 

Esther Jett Holland's card was full 
of news. She says she's "hanging in 
there" despite a right hip replacement. 
She's also expecting to move to a 
retirement center in Suffolk due for 
completion in June 2002. She also 
writes that Byrd Smith Hunter and 
husband Henry have just moved to a 
lovely apartment in Norfolk's (VA) West 
Ghent section "where we all grew up". 
Everything is on the first floor which 
makes it easier. She also received a call 
from Brae Preston and had a long con- 
versation "catching up" which was fun. 
She expects to see Kitty Doar and Byrd 
at her Colonial Dames meeting in 
October Also Lucy Kiker Jones and 
she usually see each other on the 
beach at Virginia Beach in the summer- 
time. 

Caroline Miller McClintock writes 
that she talks with Esther now and then 
and says what a wonderful friend and 
roommate (every reunion) she has 
been for over 60 years through good 
times and bad. She writes that she and 
her husband are thankful for their good 
health and hope to visit the SBC cam- 
pus again and is so proud of the "won- 
derful things that are going on there 
and the fine young women Sweet Briar 
has turned out". 

Anne McJunkin Briber writes from 
Cypress Village, a retirement communi- 
ty in Florida which is two miles from 
the Mayo Clinic, that they love being 
there. Their daughter, Anne, lives in 
Washington, DC and son Frank and 
family live in Fryeburg, ME. Both 
grandchildren are working on their 
masters' degrees, one in civil engineer- 
ing, and the other in law. 

Virginia White Brinton and her 
husband were the only ones in our 
class to attend the meeting of the SBC 
Alumnae Council events of September 
21 and they found it very stimulating. 
After the Founder's Day ceremony at 
Monument Hill, they attended a lovely 
outdoor picnic supper where they ate 
with Dick and Blair Bunting. A highlight 
was Doris Kearns Goodwin's brilliant 
talk after receiving an honorary doctor- 
ate that night. Goodwin's talk was on 
the web that week. 

This last summer, on a trip to 
Maine to celebrate my high school 
class reunion, which we do every year, 
I contacted Nancy Pingree Drake 
(Ping) but because of various other 
commitments we could not get togeth- 
er. She sounded well on the phone and 
since then has written. Busy on many 
projects as usual she mentioned one in 
particular. A retirement house has 
appeared in the immediate area, in 
Scarborough, near Proutts Neck, over- 
looking the ocean. She has served on 
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independent living to third stage 
healthcare and her husband was treas- 
urer at the time of his death. Her 13 
grandchildren are at colleges spread 
from Maine to Virginia, from 
Pennsylvania to Philadelphia to one 
outside Florence studying art and pho- 
tography at the moment. As she notes, 
she's not looking for things to do. 

I've heard from Anne Mitchell who 
is busy gardening and taking care of a 
huge house and visiting her four 
daughters scattered throughout the 
country. 

Chesley Johnson Arnurius in 
Tennessee has cut back somewhat on 
some of her athletic activities and is 
still active in community activities as 
well. 

Clare Matthai writes that she has 
had a beautiful summer in Utica with 
more golf and more flowers, and less 
mosquitoes and housework. She has 
started a new senior term at the nearby 
state university, begun her 50th year in 
"The Bridge Club", works at church 
and still serves on one board (a small 
retirement community). 

Primrose Johnston Craven writes 
of a mini-reunion with Betty 
Schmeisser Nelson in May and says 
they are both looking forward to and 
planning to attend the 60th reunion in 
May 2003. 

As for me I have two daughters 
and three young grandsons who live 
nearby whom I see quite often. I'm on 
the board of the Princeton Research 
Forum and am trying to master the 
computer so I can work on a book I 
have in mind— slow going! 

Beth Dichman Smith keeps me 
apprised of Princeton doings and I see 
her quite often. 

Please do write. This column will 
appear in the Spring issue, quite an 
improvement over one year so that 
future columns should be more timely. 



1946 



Secretary: Polly Vandeventer 

Saunders 
Fund Agent: Cholly Jones Bendall 

Greetings! Bea Dingwell Loos 

writes that Cholly Jones Bendall will be 
our Fund Agent. Thank you for that 
Cholly. Bea and Dick were scheduled to 
fly to Italy September 12th but the 
flight never got off the ground. She 
says it was just as well because Dick 
had heart surgery in November. And 
her youngest daughter is expecting her 
3rd. She loved the 55th reunion even if 
there were only 11 there. They had a 
nice visit with the Hewsons on Merritt 
Island in Florida. 

The Hewsons-Betsy and Tom-have 
left their beloved Merritt Island for an 
idyllic retirement home in Vero Beach, 
Florida. (It sounds like they have left 
one paradise for another.) They are 
being happily spoiled — they eat like 
royalty, have options of sports (they 
swim every morning in an Olympic size 
pool), and play tennis with active 

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groups. And-best of all-they have met 
the "greatest group of people". 
Polly Pollard Kline and Bob 
recently spent a weekend in 
Charlottesville working on a committee 
for an alternative to capital punish- 
ment- 1 ^ powerful two days". She spent 
a weekend with Cholly Jones Bendall 
on campus in June as guests of 
Adelaide Hapala. She also had their 
annual reunion at Sand Bridge with 40- 
some relatives. "Ihat was powerful 
too!" 

Cholly writes from Yanceyville, NC. 
that she has finally retired from the 
Yanceyville library! She regrets that 
she didn't apply 25 years ago. She 
recently invested in a riding mower and 
that helps with the acres of grass. Her 
9 month old gives her great pleasure. 

Mary Upshur Pike and husband 
Sandy have had different kinds of vaca- 
tions for the last five years. Mary's 
mother was a French Hugenot whose 
last name was Leroy. In 1996 they 
found there were 14 towns in the US 
named Leroy and they set about to 
visit all of them. The last one they visit- 
ed was in Michigan in September 
2001 . "It was an eye opener". They 
met some interesting people and it was 
fun. (Mary, what a way to your roots 
and what a way to learn your geogra- 
phy. Write a book!) 

Another traveler is Margo Sibley 
Lewis. Their most recent and most 
interesting trip was from Prague up the 
Elbe River then to Warsaw and Krakow. 

Another traveler is Sally Bubb 
Bruch. They recently returned from a 
cruise with friends on their 155 ft. 
yacht to the southern coast of Turkey 
and various Greek islands. Where does 
one find friends like that? "We are both 
arthritic but manage to toddle around". 
They manage toddling very well! 

Pat Grosbeck Gordon writes from 
California that her husband Ralph died 
November 28th. 2000. Our love and 
sympathy to you, Pat. She mentioned 
that her oldest granddaughter won a 
scholarship to Harvard and her grand- 
son is taking his junior year abroad in 
Florence, Italy. "So two of them are 
launched". She closes by commenting 
on the terrible September 11th events. 
"This has taken such a toll that I can't 
imagine much of our interest being of 
importance at this juncture". 

Helen Graeff Ellerman and her 
husband Ray own "Candle Ray", a gift 
shop (mostly candles) north of 
Harrisonburg, VA. They have been at it 
since 1968 when Helen insisted he 
have a hobby and over the years what 
was his livelihood (teaching piano) has 
become his hobby. The international 
guild of Candle Artisans has 900 mem- 
bers. The guild recently honored Helen 
and Ray for their service. 
Congratulations! Anyone in the neigh- 
borhood of Harrisonburg look for 
Harmony Square. P.S. They make can- 
dles in all shapes and sizes— among 
them in the shapes of baby bottles, 
dinosaurs, and ducks! 



Candy Greene Satterfield's com- 
ments seem to say it all for us. "Since 
the tragedies caused by the terrorists 
on September 11th, my life seems filled 
with tears. CNN, and church". What 
she called a minor occurrence involves 
a leaking toilet, which resulted in the 
living room ceiling collapsing, buckled 
living room floors, and everything 
needing replacement in the kitchen. 
She took it all in her stride. 

Helen Murchison Lane called 
about a month ago with her family 
news. The one bit I did remember was 
about her twin granddaughters who 
have been selected by several colleges. 
The one they both chose was Colby 
College in Maine. Before checking into 
Colby they requested permission to 
walk part of the Appalachian Trail. (A 
little bit of grandmother Murch show- 
ing up?) 

Ade Jones Voorhees writes of their 
good time at the 55th reunion. The 
people participating were the "tena- 
cious eleven". Here's the lineup: 
Dingwell, Fellner. Graetf. Hill. Cholly 
Jones, Love, Murchison, Myer, 
Pollard, and Smart. Ade called it a 
"memorable cohesive time". Leila 
Fellner Lenagh's daughter and two 
granddaughters were aboard along 
with Bass (Betty Ann Bass Norris) son 
David Jean Love Albert entertained 
the crowd at all of her fun suppers at 
the farm. Ade entertained six grandchil- 
dren separately then went to Bermuda 
to recoup! 

Joan Morse Gordon is doing just 
fine! Her first book, "The Road Taken: 
A Journey in Time down Pennsylvania 
Route 45" will be published by the 
Local History Co. in December. She 
has moved to smaller quarters in 
Oakland, the heart of Pittsburgh's uni- 
versity and museums. She is in touch 
with Pat Thompson Bennett in Daytona 
Beach, FL. where she has given a few 
Elder Hostel classes in American Lit. 

I have just heard from Ellen 
Robbins Red that her husband David 
died October 3rd. He had retired from 
teaching architecture at the University 
of Houston and spent his last year 
painting, writing stories, and poetry. 
Ellen's interests in environmental prob- 
lems, bird watching, and computer will 
help her so much. Love to you from 
your devoted SBC classmates. 

Wheats Young Call and I both live 
in Newport News. We see each other 
frequently so she never responds to 
my card! She looks great and still 
plays a mean game of tennis. 
I have just received a card 
announcing the death of our classmate 
Juliette "Bambi" Rollins Have any of 
you kept in touch with Bambi? I am 
sorry not to have more information. All 
of our best to her family. 

Leila Fellner Lenagh had plans to 
fly to Utah to visit her daughter Jess 
and her two girls. She will fly to New 
Zealand to visit daughter Zoe and her 
family for Christmas. Leila wonders if 
we felt anything like this menace from 



'41-46. "No. we were so sheltered, so 
innocent. Pray for peace and atone- 
ment." 

I am "doing fine" except for weak 
legs. I remember Bob saying, "The legs 
are the first to go!" I thought he was 
talking about great big football players, 
not dainty housewives! I have a pre- 
cious dog named Scottie. He is half 
Scottie and half Schnauzer and a 
delight. He follows me all over the 
house and I love it! On to the current 
situation! Never again will I look at the 
American flag without a deeper under- 
standing of what it represents. My best 
to you all. Stay well and safe. Polly. 



1949 



President: Fritzie Duncombe Millard 
Secretary: Catherine "Bunny" Barnett 

Brown 
Fund Agents: Mr. Walter H. Brown 
Mary Fran Brown Ballard 

It's springtime as you read these 
words, which I'm writing in mid- 
October. I can't imagine where our 
world will be six months from now, 
and can only pray that it is once again 
a hopeful season, as spring should be. 

We were all shaken last fall, by 
domestic and world events beyond our 
comprehension. We all remember 
where we were on September 11th, 
and always will. Several classmates 
found themselves marooned here and 
there, but none that I know of suffered 
injuries or close personal losses. 
Preston Hodges Hill, departing from 
Denver for Boston, had to retrieve her 
bags and wend her way home, missing 
her planned meeting with Gene, while 
he got to stay longer with son Gene 
and family. Preston's medical report 
was good, six months after her back- 
bone fusion: and Gene had a change in 
his medication, but continues success- 
fully with his twelve-year fight against 
cancer. Both Preston and Gene are 
courageous and stay active, recently 
coping with severe water damage to 
their Aspen condo. Gene observed his 
75th birthday last fall. The Hills were 
planning Thanksgiving in Las Vegas 
with both daughters and families. 
Sweet Briar's Centennial Gala 
Weekend last spring drew a number of 
us together: Mary Fran Ballard and 
Don, Ann Eustis Weimer and John, 
Judy Easley Mak and Dayton, Sarah 
Gay Lantord, Kitty Hart Belew, Mag 
Towers Talman, Betty Welllord 
Bennett. Walter and I had a table 
together for dinner, and later watched 
the fireworks from the fine vantage 
point of our "Wings" courtyard. 

In September, quite a few attended 
Alumnae Council: Kitty Hart Belew. 
Mag Towers Talman. Mary Fran 
Ballard and Don. and Judy Baldwin 
Waxier and Bill. They were unanimous 
in their enthusiasm for the program 
and speakers. 

Sadly, we've lost several class- 
mates since my last writing: Mary 
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Clarke. Zola Garrison Ware, and 
Cornelia Sadowsky Niemann have 
died, and we send our sincere condo- 
lences to their families. We are also 
saddened to hear of the death, 
November 29, of our classmate Joyce 
Smith White. Sarah Gay Lanford went 
to Connecticut to visit with Joyce in 
October. We send our sympathy to her 
family and friends. This is a reminder, 
says Mary Fran, that something is lost 
forever if we don't see each other at 
every possible opportunity — so plan to 
come to our mini-reunion this fall! 

We also send our sympathy to 
Mimi Powell Leonard, who lost her 
dear Russell in August. Mimi was 
appearing in a hit show, "Lost", an 
original production about the South 
Cumberland Plateau which toured the 
area and was in Chattanooga when 
Russell died. Since there was no 
understudy, brave Mimi had to give 
one last performance, despite her grief. 

Sally Melcher Jarvis received 
sympathetic phone calls from overseas 
friends after the WTC disaster (as did 
Walter and I, and others of you, I am 
sure). Sally and John were off to 
France early in October, which must 
have been interesting. 

Jackie Jacobs Letters was en 
route home from a trip to Tibet and 
China on September 11th and was 
marooned at her last stop, which was 
Bali! Her group of twelve had an extra 
week in a beach-front hotel, with news 
only from a German TV station. A 
translator was found, Jackie says, and 
she was thankful to finally get back on 
native soil! 

Judy Easley Mak and Dayton had a 
summer's week in Chautauqua visiting 
Holly, Marc, and their teenagers, then 
their usual two weeks in February and 
March on Sanibel and Sea Island. 
Dayton had booked a week in Paris, 
but cancelled after the attack in NYC. 

Kitty Hart Belew enjoyed Fall 
Alumnae Council on campus with Polly 
Mackie. Mary Fran Ballard and Don, 
Judy Waxter and Bill, and Margaret 
Talman. Then she and Mag went to 
Winston-Salem to the Southern 
Decorative Arts Museum and other 
points of interest. Mag. of course, was 
recovered from last summer's trip to 
China with Alice Trout Hagan and 
Patsy Davin Robinson — from which 
they all had a lot of recovering to do, I 
hear! Margaret also says the Richmond 
Alumnae club has risen from the 
ashes, thanks to an energetic "Youth 
Squad", and there are more current 
students than they've had recently. 

Carolyn Cannady Evans has been 
working as an adult outpatient coun- 
selor at a mental center near home, but 
by now will have moved both her home 
and her work to Reston, VA near her 
three daughters and grandchildren. She 
will have four bedrooms, so invites 
classmates visiting DC to come "B&B" 
with her. Before all of the travel prob- 
lems, Carolyn had a wonderful trip to 
Italy with four of her children, a 



Christmas gift to her from them. SO 
nice! 

June Eager Finney, and others, 
emailed me a touching appeal describ- 
ing the treatment of women in some of 
the Arab countries; it's hard to believe! 
June and Bill have a "brand new 
adorable smart, peppy Chinese grand- 
daughter" who joins the Finneys' 
daughter, husband, and three older 
brothers! That makes eight grandchil- 
dren in total, all living nearby. 

Stevie writes from Charleston that 
she has absolutely no news, but she 
will soon; Walter's Yale class of '45 W 
is planning a mini-reunion there in 
May, and one of the events is an 
evening walk on Tradd Street. I will get 
everyone to peek through Stevie's 
drawn curtains and make loud noises 
like obnoxious tourists. 

Frances Pope Evans sent me to 
my computer to search for Columbus, 
Mississippi, where she has an antebel- 
lum house called the Pratt (I think) 
Thomas Home. She says she would 
love to see anyone who comes through 
that way, and from what I see on my 
computer, it must be a beautiful and 
historic area, with a week of garden 
and house tours in early April. Who 
would like to join me? 

Peggy Cromwell Taliaferro went to 
England in October to visit her daugh- 
ter and granddaughter who are both 
living in York for the academic year. 
The daughter is on sabbatical from her 
teaching job and will study English Lit 
at York University and the 15-year-old 
granddaughter will attend a co-ed 
Quaker school. 

Carter Van Deventer Slatery had a 
laugh over my apparent goof in saying 
her daughter was attending UVA. 'Twas 
a "grand", of course, but you look 
young enough to fool anyone, Carter. 

Nancy Jones Worcester writes that 
she and John were busy with a son's 
wedding in Arizona in April, then to 
Walloon Lake in June, and a 50th 
anniversary celebration on July 14th 
with a week's cruise to Bermuda with 
all the family, 15 altogether. 

Ellen Ramsay Clark and Ken spent 
October at their condo in Destin, FL, 
relaxing as they overlooked the Gulf 
sunsets. Ellen had a total knee replace- 
ment six months before that, and is 
hard at rehab so she can get back on 
the golf course by this spring. One of 
the Clarks' daughters-in-law is fully 
recovered from breast cancer, a great 
relief to all. 

Fritzie Duncombe Millard, our 
once and future President, regrets that 
she will not be able to come to our 
class mini on campus in 2002, since 
she's making the 55th her main thrust. 
She's still happy in her retirement com- 
munity, and is not on the (guess!) 
Hospitality Committee! I hope her con- 
stituency is ready for action! 

I had a nice card from Alice and 
Patsy as they embarked on the trip to 
China, postmarked San Francisco and a 
picture of a Florida alligator! A later 



card apparently got stuck to some of 
Tour Leader Ninie Laing's and ended up 
at a sanctuary for swans in Warrenton. 
A man who runs the "Swans of Airlie", 
which sounds like another interesting 
place to visit, mailed it to me in an 
envelope. 

Flip Eustis says she and John are 
in good health, ready to plan our 2002 
mini (another plug for this gathering 
which we hope will have a good atten- 
dance). Ann and Jean Taylor went on a 
New England pilgrimage to Mt. Desert 
Island, and later, in February and 
March, Ann and her sisters-in-law were 
to go to Antarctica. 

Caroline Casey Lindemann's card 
would fill this page. First, a correction 
about Ann Doar Jones who lives in 
Bon Harbors, Lottsburg, VA (not 
Florida, not Bar Harbor). The 
Lindemanns were on a Baltic cruise 
when the NYC disaster occurred, and 
had a nephew who escaped from the 
second tower 40th floor at the last 
minute! Caroline and Bohn marked 
their second anniversary October 9th. 
At 84, Bohn still volunteers in a cloth- 
ing center for the homeless, plays golf 
regularly, and of course travels with 
Caroline, who says they are so happy 
together! 

I'm pleased to tell you that we've 
added another brick to our courtyard, 
with the name Marie Brede on it. She is 
Mary Fran Brown Ballard's mother, 
who generously supported our reunion 
project and deserves recognition and 
thanks. In October, she celebrated her 
101st birthday, so this was our gift to 
her! 

Larry Lawrence Simmons emails 
me that travel was easy and safe after 
the September 11th events. She and 
Charles have been to Ohio and to Las 
Vegas soon after, planned to go to their 
Costa Rica beach paradise in 
November and a cruise in February 
with her brother and his wife. It's been 
about five years since Charles had a 
massive cerebral hemorrhage, so the 
couple makes the most of every pre- 
cious day. 

Sally Ayres Shroyer, another email 
pal, helped celebrate the 90th birthday 
of Anne Pleasants Hopkins Ayres, who 
was assistant dean at SBC and wound 
up being Sally's stepmother. She is in 
great shape, Sally says, swims and 
walks a lot, is sharp as a tack, and 
takes Meals on Wheels to "old" people! 
She asked Sally to convey her very 
best wishes to the class of 1949! 

Just before these notes went to the 
College, I chatted with Ann Eustis 
Weimer who had a great time at a 
gathering of classmates which included 
hostess Jackie Jacobs Leffers, Jean 
Taylor, Mimi Powell Leonard, Patty 
Levi Barnett, Carolyn Cannady Evans, 
Debbie Carroll Conery, and Sally Legg 
De Martine. They had good weather 
and good fun staying near Beaufort 
and seeing nearby sights and talking, 
talking, talking! 

Walter and I got home Halloween 



week (just as these notes were due!) 
from a quick trip to Arizona. We spent 
two days in Superior at meetings of the 
Boyce Thompson Arboretum board, 
then two days in Tucson to visit Ann 
Henderson and Yorke Bannard. Anne 
and Yorke have survived three surger- 
ies this past year with flying colors, 
and are making plans for more travel! 
They've done some wonderful things 
inside their house, which still features 
a terrace overlooking the Santa 
Catalina Mountains — we dined by 
moon and candlelight, with frequent 
reports from Yorke on the progress of 
the World Series game! 



1952 



President: Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
Vice President: Frances Street Smith 
Secretary: Suzanne Bassewitz 
Mentzinger 

Benita Phinizy Johnson wrote that 
she was on her way to visit the Jungle 
Rivers of South America and that she 
spent her 50th anniversary in England, 
France, and Spam. Her oldest son is a 
securities dealer, while her second son 
is doing pediatric oncology research at 
Duke University. She is still volunteer- 
ing at church and at a retirement 
home. 

Florence "Floppy" Fitch is enjoy- 
ing her family and is kept very busy as 
State Vice Regent of the DAR, 
Honorary President of the National 
Society of Colonial Dames of America 
in Texas, Chairman of the 
Nacogdoches-Sterne Hoya Museum 
House, and many other clubs. 

Martha Legg Katz and Bill took the 
QEII to a family wedding in York, 
England and then spent ten days "eat- 
ing their way through Italy with two 
family chefs". 

Mary Lois Miller Carroll and 
Hubert had a memorable visit with 
Joanne and George Patton and left the 
morning that the NY Twin towers were 
hit. I know that that has profoundly 
affected us all. They also spent time 
with Grace and Brady Brown. 

Nancy Hamel Clark was at SBC for 
Sally Ride's wonderful speech during 
the Centennial. She had two wonderful 
museum trips this year, to Natchez and 
Santa Fe. She is also tutoring in an ele- 
mentary school, volunteering at the 
Chamber of Commerce and working at 
the church where she also sings in the 
choir. 

Anna Garst Strickland wrote that 
when her husband was invited to speak 
at a medical conference in Pretoria, 
South Africa, they extended their trip 
and went from the Kreger National 
Forests to Capeland. Her children and 
grandchildren live in Santa Fe and near 
Charlottesville. 

Eulalie McFall Fenhagen and her 
husband are in Washington, DC for at 
least a year where Jim heads up the 
College of Preachers, a postgraduate 
program center for clergy. They are liv- 
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Eulalie hopes that classmates visiting 
our Capital will call her. This is a sab- 
batical from retirement very much 
looked forward to as they lived in 
Washington for ten years previously. 

Brigitte Guttstadt maintains a small 
private practice and travels frequently 
to NY. This year she went to Norway 
and Iceland and took the Coastal 
Express along the Fjords. 

Harriet Binji Elder still loves her 
life in Black Mountain, NC. living in a 
house in the trees, hiking and contra 
dancing. She describes her work as 
soul satisfying and is now facilitating a 
group on personal and spiritual 
growth. 

Peggy Nelson Harding and Noil 
have moved into a high rise retirement 
condominium in Arlington and she 
loves the freedom from housework. 
She enjoys her grandchildren and see- 
ing her 15-year-old playing football and 
baseball "on his way to a sports 
career". At the time of this writing she 
was looking forward to a 
Mediterranean cruise. 

Leila Booth Morris and Jim took 
their family of eleven, including grand- 
children from age eight to 20 years, on 
a 50th anniversary Mediterranean 
cruise from Rome. A good time was 
had by all in spite of the fact that 
Leila's suitcase was lost for nearly the 
entire trip. Her son and family are still 
stationed in Heidelberg and her daugh- 
ter and family are in Danville, VA. After 
reunion they hope to go on a Bermuda 
cruise. 

Mary Gesler Hanson is another 
busy busy grandmother who meets 
and greets her grandchildren at the 
school bus every day besides working 
at the arts and humanities council of 
Montgomery County. She updates their 
website and helps publish a calendar of 
events that goes to all of the libraries, 
community centers, and bookstores. 
Her husband is now at the University 
of Maryland and he also heads the 
Maryland State Environmental Trust. 

Millie O'Neal Palmer writes from 
the UK that for her and David "all is 
well! Ten grandchildren for 
Christmas— have started wrapping 
already." 

Ginger Dreyfus Karren says that 
people should come to New York to 
visit as they are really hurting there 
and I can tell you they don't deserve it, 
having made a trip there myself since 
the September 11th disaster. 

Donna Reese Godwin writes that 
she is "thrilled with President 
Muhlenfeld's appearance on C-span! 
No real news — long lung illness but 
has brought me many good visits from 
grandchildren and "children" all sum- 
mer long even though they are still 
scattered from Arizona to Texas to St. 
Louis to DC. None hurt on 9/11, thank 
God. Sorry I couldn't get to the Alum. 
Conference last month. Had long 
planned a reunion with Ellen and Laura 
and spouses. What a great roster of 
speakers!" 



Pat Beach Thompson writes. 
"Maybe we're crazy, but on Oct. 24th 
Calvin and I leave for Nepal, Bhutan, 
and Penang. an Island in Malaysia. I 
have been three times to Nepal and 
Penang but never in Bhutan. Of course, 
the world changes daily which could 
alter plans. India has already been 
eliminated from the itinerary. Last win- 
ter, although I did not act, I was the 
sound designer for seven plays, quite a 
heavy load. For my birthday in March, 
Calvin surprised me with a trip to 
Iceland. Wonderful country. Children 
and grandchildren |oined us for two 
weeks at Wild Dunes on the Isle of 
Palms in South Carolina in July." 

Ann Trumbore Ream writes that 
they will be wintering in Pennsylvania 
this year after 13 winters in Arizona. 
"We have another grandson now, Luke 
Michael Tomme, born August 2, 2001. 
This gives us a total of 13 grandchil- 
dren. Next year will be our 50th year 
together and we hope to drive to 
Oregon and Washington State next 
summer to celebrate." 

Laura Radford Goley writes that 
they had house guests from England 
and were only able to be at the 
Alumnae Council for Joanne's accolade 
which she handled so beautifully. 
"Larry Sabato and Kenneth Starr the 
next day-all excellent! Ellen Galey 
Scher and husband Lou were with us! 
Fun! Highlight of the year: around 
South America in January, using 
Espahol again! Off to Malta to celebrate 
our 40th! Looking forward to our class 
50th!" 

Pat Winks had a sad summer. Her 
88-year-old father, who had lived for a 
number of years in a retirement com- 
plex in Northern Virginia, suddenly 
became ill after a lifetime of enviably 
good health. "I spent the summer 
being bi-coastal. taking the red-eye six 
times. He passed away in August, and 
was buried at Arlington Cemetery in a 
beautiful military service. Now I am 
inundated with paperwork winding up 
his affairs. Fortunately I have more 
pleasant things going on in my life! I 
still work full time, and haven't figured 
out when, or why. I should retire. Soon 
I expect to resume taking quickie vaca- 
tions. And I definitely plan to be on 
hand for our 50th." 

Sue Judd Silcox writes: "Jack and I 
enjoyed a trip to Europe last winter. 
Spent 10 days in England with our eld- 
est granddaughter who was there as an 
exchange student at Sunderland 
University. On to Italy for a glorious 
week in Rome, then on to visit friends 
in Florence and then to see friends in 
Switzerland. Other than that, we had 
many family visitors over the summer. 

Enjoyed being back at SBC in 
September for the Fall Symposium, 
Alumnae Council meeting and helping 
to plan our 50th Reunion. It's very hard 
to believe that it was THAT long ago 
when we graduated! So pleased that 
we were also able to see Joanie receive 
the Distinguished Alumna Award which 



she so richly deserved. Aren't we fortu- 
nate to count her among our number! 



1955 



Co-Presidents: Audrey Stoddard, 

Mary Amanda McThenia lodice 
Secretary: Frederika Merriman Naylor 
Co-Fund Agents: Anne Kilby Gilhuly, 
Rebecca Faxon Knowles 
Now that we're "over the hill", 
we're certainly picking up speed! We're 
all busy and involved: an extremely 
exciting group of gals! Diane Johnson 
DeCamp had a terrible summer! Her 
basement was flooded. She lost many 
books and spent months cleaning and 
getting things restored. Hope every- 
thing's going wonderfully now. Pansy. 
Mary Boyd Murray Trussell and Diane 
Hunt Lawrence and their husbands 
had a wonderful vacation together in 
the Bahamas. Mary Boyd wrote that 
both she and George had had cancer, 
but early diagnosis and treatment has 
given them excellent prognoses. Lydia 
Plamp Mower is taking botanical draw- 
ing classes and loves this new creative 
outlet. She also still does flower 
arranging. She has seen Phyllis 
Herndon Brissenden at the Opera 
Theatre of St. Louis, where Phyllis is 
on the board and both attend produc- 
tions. Joan Kelts Cook is still traveling 
a lot: Kauai. California, England, New 
England, Mexico, and a lovely 
cruise/tour to the Baltic countries. 
Anne Williams Manchester. Shirley 
Sutliff Cooper, and Nancy Douthat 
Goss and their spouses were in 
Tuscany together. Anne also had a 
lovely trip through Provence, 
Burgundy, and Alsace. She and Eli sold 
their house and moved into a home 
that's smaller — but still has plenty of 
space for grandchildren. Jeanette 
Kennedy Hancock had a wonderful trip 
to Norway. Denmark, and Sweden. She 
is involved with Parenting Programs in 
their inner school. She is grateful and 
happy that 5 of her 8 grandchildren live 
within 2 blocks Betty Byrne Gill Ware 
had wonderful trips to China, and 
France and Italy. She, too, brags about 
grandchildren: 8 under age 6! Dede 
Harrison Austin serves as a flower 
arranging |udge in her garden club and 
travels a lot in this capacity. She 
chaired the decorations committee for 
the Garden Clubs of America 2001 
annual meeting at DisneyWorld. 
Additionally, she is on a hospital board 
and involved with Colonial Dames 
activities. She enjoys spending time 
with her 5 grandchildren and in her 
getaway home in the North Carolina 
mountains Charlotte Orr Moores 
keeps busy attending various sports 
events and baby-sitting with her seven 
grandchildren. She visits her older 
daughter in the San Francisco area at 
least twice a year. Her other 3 children 
and their families live close by, so they 
are able to spend a lot of time together. 
Patsy Smith Ticer keeps extremely 
busy because of her important involve- 



ment in state government. She regret- 
ted not being able to take a trip last 
summer — just too much going on! 
Marty Hedeman Buckingham and 
Patty McClay Boggs are both living in 
the same retirement community in 
Savannah and loving it. They enjoy 
seeing each other and also Meta 
Space Moore who lives nearby. Marty 
is busy with the Symphony Guild and 
an organization that supports 
Children's Hospital. She summered in 
Cape Cod and spent lots of time with 
her 4 children who live in Connecticut 
and New York Marty also had a lovely 
trip to Alaska. Renis Siner Paton is 
still very busy with her estate sale and 
appraisal business. She relaxes by 
spending time at her vacation house in 
Rehoboth Beach. Delaware and with 
her 3 grandchildren Betty Sanford 
Molster is still working at St. James's 
church and loving it, but she expects to 
stop soon. She enjoys seeing Sweet 
Briar friends often, as several of our 
classmates are in Richmond. Betty 
holds the record with eleven grandchil- 
dren. Two live in England, but all the 
others are in Richmond or northern 
Virginia, so she sees them often. Kay 
Roberts McHaney, who lives in 
Victoria. Texas, regrets the fact that 
there are no other SBC friends in the 
vicinity. She is very busy, though, serv- 
ing as chairman of the board of the 
Victoria College and on the board of 
the River Authority. She is also very 
involved with her family newspaper 
business: one of the last existing fami- 
ly-owned daily papers. Her four chil- 
dren are also involved with the paper. 
She sees them all frequently and feels 
very lucky to have them — and her 
grandchildren — living close by. She 
also takes care of her 93-year-old 
mother, so the four generations fill her 
time Ginger Chamblin Greene had a 
wonderful tour of China, playing in the 
American Community Band! She has 
recently moved from her large house 
into a lovely condo which she likes 
very much. Ethel Green Banta was in 
Seattle, Washington, visiting one of her 
daughters, when Jane Feltus Welch 
was performing in "Waiting to be 
Invited". Ethel said, "Jane was, as 
always, superb!" Ethel expected to see 
Jane in Montgomery, Alabama in a 
production of "Driving Miss Daisy". 
Jane was hoping "Waiting to be 
Invited" might go on to New York later. 
Obviously. Jane is always busy! Ethel 
keeps busy enjoying her 8 grandchil- 
dren and running her wonderful B&B in 
Natchez. She hopes all of us will visit 
her there. Several people commented 
on their high school 50th reunions. 
Tinker Beard was in charge of hers 
and I was on the committee to plan 
mine. Joan Kelts Cook and Amanda 
McThenia lodice both attended theirs 
and enjoyed them. I hope the rest of 
you went and had as much fun as I did 
at mine. Start planning now to attend 
our 50th! It won't be long! 



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1958 



President: Lynn Prior Harrington 
Secretary: Jane Shipman Kuntz 
Fund Agent: Ethel Ogden Burwell 

I always think that I haven't heard 
from many classmates until I start 
sorting through the cards; then I am 
ever-so-grateful that you all have taken 
the time to write! 

Edie Knapp Clark, Beaverton. OR, 
has retired from teaching high school 
chemistry and is now spending her 
free time studying Spanish, volunteer- 
ing at Planned Parenthood and "being 
more faithful about Tai Chi." Both her 
sons live in Oregon so she and Rog get 
to see them often; their grandchildren 
are 5-1/2 and 6. She, like every one of 
us, remembers where she was on 
September 1 1 ; the Clarks were visiting 
June Berguido James in Buffalo. NY. 

From Odessa, TX, comes the mes- 
sage, "Same ole, same ole...lots of 
travel, lots of fun," from Betty Rae 
Sivalls Davis. She adds that she and 
Paul have 5 "grandgirls" and feel very 
"blessed and thankful." 

Camilla Mueller Parker, San 
Antonio, TX, was feted by her dear 
friends Lynne Morris Barnett and 
Winifred "Windy" Winter Cocke for 
her birthday (I assume her big 65). 
According to Windy, who had just 
returned from a visit with her doctor 
daughter in Seattle, the Parkers were 
going to Santa Fe. NM, to celebrate. 

I believe that Eleanor Humphreys 
Schnabel is the exception to the rule, 
"You can't go home again." She's done 
it, returning to her Mississippi roots! 
She is now in Greenville, MS, serving 
as branch director of the Winterville 
Mounds and Museum. After finishing 
her MA in 2000. in Richmond, she 
headed south to find her fortune. 
Before settling she had the sad duty of 
taking care of her mother's affairs at 
the time of her death. I'm sure you all 
join me in sending sympathy to 
Eleanor. On a happier note, her daugh- 
ter Liza married Jim Seltzer. Eleanor's 
duties include supervising a 5-person 
staff who are charged with "revitalizing 
all educational and public programs, 
institute and carry out an archaeologi- 
cal program of clearing and investigat- 
ing the Indian mounds and increasing 
public awareness of this really impor- 
tant archaeological site." She has also 
been involved in other projects — too 
involved to describe — but one has 
been transcribing a biographical mem- 
oir manuscript written by her great 
grandfather concerning his youth in the 
Bayou Pierre, traveling the Natchez 
Trace, attending school in N.J. and 
serving at West Point; he was a 
brigadier general in the Civil War and 
served a term as Reconstruction 
Governor of MS, 1865-68. She is busy 
getting reacquainted with her cousins 
and relearning about life in the Delta. 
Liza and Jim are in Richmond and Ellie 
and Patrick are still "sailing through 
life" in Marblehead, MA. 



Langhorne "Lanny" Tuller 
Webster, in Greenville, SC, is promot- 
ing membership in Sweet Briar Friends 
of Art. As a board member she has 
been on campus from time to time and 
attended meetings in Paris and NYC. In 
NYC they purchased 8 pieces of art for 
the Gallery. Many members of our 
class donated to a memorial estab- 
lished for Caroline Sauls Shaw when 
she died, a lovely piece of art and a 
fine addition to the collection. I 
received Lanny's card and hope others 
of you did too; it's a fine organization 
that deserves alumnae support and 
she'd love to hear from you. Claire 
Cannon Christopher, also on the FOA 
board, sent a quick note seconding 
Lanny's suggeston. 

Annie Laurie Lanier Samuels is 
back in Shreveport, LA, after a brief 
career in the Netherlands and Belgium 
as an asset manager for a real estate 
firm; she's now a financial advisor with 
Raymond James. She and husband 
Harvey drive to Mobile, AL, as often as 
possible to see their son Ben and his 
family who have Madeleine, 6, and 
Zachary, 3. She says that one of the 
joys of having a granddaughter is 
smocking clothes for her. The Samuels 
took Madeleine and a friend to "play in 
the snow" this year at Winter Park; 
they enjoyed skiing, sledding, building 
snowmen and such. The most memo- 
rable event was a 9 mile dog sled ride 
with one adult, one child and one driv- 
er per sled. "The day was perfect and 
the Rocky Mountain scenery virtually 
intoxicating. The drivers stopped along 
the trails to show the girls animal 
tracks and bits of nature." They capped 
off the trip by taking Amtrak to Denver: 
Harvey "has a passion for trains" and 
the girls had never ridden on one. They 
plan to do this again, including Zachary 
the next time. 

From Black Mountain, NC, came a 
note penned by Linda MacPherson 
Gilbert. Linda retired from higher edu- 
cation administration at the Univ, of 
Louisville in 1995; husband Dan fol- 
lowed suit in 2000, retiring as 
President of Christian Homes of 
Kentucky, Inc. in December. They have 
always loved the mountains of western 
North Carolina so they have settled in 
their summer home that they've owned 
since 1984. It has been a happy retire- 
ment for both the Gilberts who do vol- 
unteer on Saturdays at Memorial 
Mission Hospital in Asheville. Their 5 
children and 9 grandchildren are "scat- 
tered from coast to coast" so they stay 
busy keeping up with them. Linda and 
Dan took a wonderful trip to the 
Canadian Maritime Provinces in Sept. 
and were in Nova Scotia on Sept. 11. 
Linda writes that they were over- 
whelmed by the concern and sympathy 
they received from their Canadian 
acquaintances. Linda still has 3 older 
relatives in VA so she does get back 
occasionally. 

Ann McCullough Floyd and Jack 
recently attended Beedy Tatlow 



Ritchie's marriage to Bruce Neiner in 
L.A. Ann and Beedy were SBC and New 
York roomies. Bill Swing. Mary Taylor 
Swing's husband who is Episcopal 
Bishop of Calif., performed the cere- 
mony at All Saints Church. It was a 
great reunion and Ann says Beedy 
looks great and is so happy. 

An e-mail from France arrived a 
few days ago from Cornelia Long 
Matson. She and Dick were just finish- 
ing up their annual 6 months sojourn. 
After their grapes were harvested — 
they have a vinyard — they drove to 
Barcelona and stayed at Aiguablava, on 
the Mediterranean. They will spend the 
winter in Sarasota, FL, and plan to sell 
their property there. The Matsons had 
a wing-ding 25th anniversary celebra- 
tion in June; they had more than 40 
friends come over from the States, 
from 2nd grade pals to Harvard/SBC. 
An additional 40 French friends joined 
in the festivities. The event lasted for 
several days and even included fire- 
works. Cornelia says that their 2000 
wine is very good and expects the 
2001 to be equally fine. 

Patty Williams Twohy elaborated 
on the Matsons' celebration since she 
and Edward attended; she said a great 
time was had by all. She announced 
that she and Mary Johnson Campbell 
both became grandmothers again this 
summer. She added that Tibby Moore 
Gardner and Bill regretted the Matson 
party since they had just returned from 
a holiday in Normandy. 

Next from Richmond was a note 
from Mary Campbell who reports that 
Patty Sykes Treadwell, Ross, CA. has 
recently had three family weddings. 
Then a card from Tibby gave additional 
news: she, Jane Pinkney Hanahan 
('57), Sorrel Mackall McElroy ('59), 
Mary Blair Scott Valentine ('59), Jane 
Ellis Covington ('59) and Molly Archer 
Payne, all got together to celebrate the 
65th birthday of a mutual friend. Later 
Tibby and Eleanor St. Clair Thorpe 
headed to San Francisco to help Mary 
Taylor Swing and Bill celebrate their 
40th anniversary. Her twin grandsons 
William Hunter and Lawrence Tabb 
Gardner were one on Sept. 7, 2001. 
Her last piece of news is that Ginny 
Tyson Lawrence and Ralph will 
become first time grandparents in Oct. 

Dorothy "Poogie" Wyatt Shields 
had her entire family at Ocracoke at an 
old inn. She writes that they had a 
"blissful time" with all her kids, grand- 
children, her former husband Freddie, 
his wife and his sister Julie ('62). 
Poogie is still an active volunteer in 
Richmond, at her church and with chil- 
dren who attend its neighborhood cen- 
ter. Her daughter Carter participated in 
a "war is not the answer" march in 
D.C. I'm sorry to report that Poogie 
has Parkinson's but she says that exer- 
cise is one of her prescriptions so she 
enjoys working out and walking. 

I had not only a card but also an e- 
mail from Joan Nelson Bargamin. 
Richmond. She described in detail the 



tribulations of travel post-9/11/01 from 
Norfolk to Las Vegas and back; Joan 
said she wished that she had her cam- 
era to record the security measures. 
Joan and Paul are still in the antiques 
business. They travel to Florida to see 
son Stephen and his family; young 
Paul is "all over the world," so they 
"round him up" whenever they can. 
The Bargamins have been to Las Vegas 
a lot and are planning trips to London, 
Budapest and Prague. Joan says that 
her cancer is in remission so she is 
feeling well. She and Carol McClave 
Duncan are very close along with Betty 
Waddell Henson, Ann Watkins 
Custard, Sara Gait Pollard and Molly 
Haskell 

Peggy Jean Fossett Lodeesen, 
Bethesda, MD, continues to teach Latin 
full-time at Sidwell Friends School. She 
has a new dog named Sidwell Amanda 
that's thriving — a hound/shepherd mix. 
Betsy Worell Gallagher also lives in 
D.C; after nearly 30 years as a devel- 
opment professional, she's retiring. For 
the last ten years Betsy was senior 
consultant and member of the board of 
directors of Marts & Lundy; she says 
that she will miss her business col- 
leagues and professional friends but 
not the intense business travel sched- 
ule. Like so many of us, she's unsure 
what's next but says that she'll see 
more of her four children, all on the 
east coast, as well as six grandchil- 
dren. She and Bill will spend more time 
welcoming friends and family to their 
Blue Ridge Mountains home and she 
plans to play golf and travel for pleas- 
ure. 

Shirley McCallum Davis and Gene 
have moved from their suburban house 
in Alexandria, VA, to a townhouse in 
Old Town; they love the convenience of 
restaurants and shops in the neighbor- 
hood. Shirley has just passed the 10 
year mark with PBS with the primary 
focus on Web-based professional 
development; she especially enjoys 
working in "newly evolving areas like 
on-line learning" with an organization 
with the "high educational standards" 
of PBS. Both of the Davises' children 
are in IN, one married, one not. 

Ruth Frame Salzberg and Bob now 
call Williamsburg home. They hosted a 
huge family reunion recently "so that 
all the little cousins could get to know 
one another." Their son and his family 
have moved from Canada to Detroit; 
their daughter, with her family, live in 
Stamford, CT Bob is still glowing from 
the heady experience of making a hole- 
in-one on the Kingmill golf course, the 
same one where the Michelob PGA is 
played! Ruth worked a square for the 
SBC quilt; she chose hockey in honor 
of all the pucks she blocked as a goalie 
for "dear old SBC." She is also edit- 
ing/rewriting a book and doing copy- 
right searches for an author who is 
publishing in Oct. The Salzbergs had a 
great trip to Scotland, Wales and 
England. They especially liked seeing 
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about." She swears she got a picture of 
the Loch Ness monster! This trip made 
her realize what a relatively new coun- 
try America is. 

I received a write-up of an article 
that appeared in New York magazine 
recently about Mimi Garrard 
Seawright. It begins: "Mississippian 
Mimi Garrard has lived in New York for 
four decades and she takes her coffee 
black. So it is somewhat surprising 
that she smiles the whole time she 
talks about 'making dances,' her pace 
is unhurried, her manner relaxed and 
modest." It goes on to discuss her 
career as the director of a successful 
dance company that is on the cutting 
edge of performance. "In the 36 years 
since she founded her own company, 
she's choreographed more than 90 
dances, ranging from acclaimed 
Phosphones, which used one of the 
earliest computer-controlled lighting, to 
this week's premiere of the Players in 
Juxtapositions, in which two of the 
four dancers sing." I'm sorry I can't tell 
you which issue of the magazine this 
was but the production was at the 
Kitchen and the performance was June 
13-16,2001. 

Retirement is not for Jean Lindsay 
de Street. She says that after 23 years 
of teaching ESL she is busier than ever. 
She had a glorious summer trip to 
Brussels, Belgium, then a visit to 
Quentin's family home in Til tier to see 
his sister and brother and respective 
families. She stayed with daughter 
Margaret who is with the Wall Street 
Journal Europe. The de Streels enioyed 
traveling with Margaret, son Giles and 
his wife Nancy and Jean's sister 
Barbara Lindsay, to Scotland, via the 
Chunnel and Scottish RR. Jean says 
they had 10 marvelous days going to 
such spots as Aberdeen, Royal 
Deeside, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with 
lots of side trips. 

A brief note from Libby Benedict 
Maynard stated that "the best event of 
the year was a family gathering in April 
on Sanibel island." They had 10 grand- 
children in attendance and family 
members came together from Seattle, 
Minneapolis, Boston, Brazil and 
Michigan. 

By the time this goes to press, Ina 
Hamilton Houck will be the grand- 
mother of a second little boy, courtesy 
of son Bob and his wife Linda; they live 
in Boise, ID, and Ina was looking for- 
ward to a trip there to help out. She is 
an adjunct faculty member on the staff 
of McCormick Theological Seminary 
(Chicago) and serves as an advisor to 
students who enroll in the Assn. Of 
Chicago Theological Seminaries joint 
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching 
Program. Ina says it's an exciting new 
approach to preaching and that she's 
learning a great deal from her students. 

From our neighboring nation to the 
north came a long and informative e- 
mail from Pam Hyatt. Perhaps you 
remember her in Grammer Commons, 
in the evenings, doing uproarious 



monologues. My favorite was the little 
boy eating peanut butter from a knife 
and getting it stuck in the roof of his 
mouth! Pam left SBC in 1956 to pur- 
sue her goal of being a working actress 
by attending the Royal Academy of 
Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Thus 
began her peripatetic life that included 
marriage to a cameraman she met on 
the set of the National Film Board of 
Canada while making a documentary. 
The union produced a son, Carson 
Thaddeus Foster, born in 1961. By 
1968, she realized that her marriage 
was over and, since she had been 
studying with a Buddhist monk — "into 
my hippie thing" — she took Carson 
away to an unnamed place and hooked 
up with one Todd Ward, "a Nam draft 
resister," a liaison that "called forth 
another son, Zacharias Ward." Pam's 
adventures are somewhat like 
Odysseus; she took both boys to 
Pireaus, in 1970, in search of her monk 
and wandered around Crete until Zack 
developed dysentery, then off to 
Athens for a cure. She once again hit 
the rails, this time for Lausanne, 
Switzerland, "one of my favourite 
towns," and then to Leysin-Fedey for a 
3 week Alpine stay. She and Todd went 
their separate ways:"The second best 
gift Todd gave me was the freedom to 
discover who I am." All during this 
time Pam was performing in live and 
recorded TV, film and on the stage. 
One memorable event was a command 
performance for HRH Prince Phillip at 
the Commonwealth Conference of the 
Arts where Pam did a monologue, a la 
Joyce Grenfell, as Canada's first female 
orchestra conductor: "I had the nifty 
fun of conducting the Montreal 
Symphony Orchestra and a 12 voice 
chorale in the most astonishingly 
arranged version of a Chopin piece 
which descended into utter cacophony, 
total mayhem!" Pam says that her 
sons have become "splendid men" and 
she is "deeply proud" of them. Carson 
has enjoyed many careers, all in enter- 
tainment — acting, managing a night- 
club, and booking eclectic groups of 
artists. Presently he is a reporter on a 
dot-com and Pam reports that the pro- 
gram may go on Pay-per-View TV 
soon. Son Zack is also an actor. His 
first feature was in the MGM classic, A 
Christmas Story, usually shown on 
PBS during the holiday season. Zack 
plays Scut Farkas. He moved to LA in 
1995, with his wife Gigi De Leon, and 
is now in his second season on Titus. 
Fox TV on Wed. nights at 9 p.m. He 
plays the younger brother Dave. Pam 
has moved permanently to British 
Columbia where the "work is great and 
I adore the vistas of mountains and 
ocean — heals my soul." Look for Pam 
in a current Fixodent commercial of a 
gardening grandma who pulls her 
glove on with her teeth — that miracu- 
lously stay in place. In April 2001. she 
played the Countess De Lage in The 
Women, a reprise of the role she had 
at SBC when Nancy Godwin stage- 



managed; this production was in 
Vancouver. Not to let ennui set in, Pam 
is now taking beginner belly dancing 
lessons and working with a personal 
trainer to "remind my gluts and abs 
that muscles are fun!" 

Life in the Kuntz household has 
been pretty hectic. Our daughter 
Martha Schenck and her three children. 
Katie. 1 1 , Lauren, 9 and Cole, 5, 
returned to Dayton for a year while 
Don took special duty in Angola for 15 
months. It was heaven to have them 
nearby, in a rented house in Oakwood. 
and a real jolt when they moved back 
to DC in August. They are settled in a 
house in Ashburn, northern VA. and 
Don arrived home 10/24 for several 
years. Lee continues to work as a vic- 
tim-witness advocate in Clarksville, TN, 
for the DA of two counties, a job she 
loves; son Scott is 11. Anne is busier 
than ever in her position as Director of 
Aftercare Services for Routsong 
Funeral Homes. She also conducts 
workshops and seminars and is sought 
out for her expertise in grief counsel- 
ing. She is an animal lover and spends 
much of her spare time volunteering at 
the Humane Society and other shelters. 
She also counsels in the field of pet 
loss. Eddie retired from commercial 
real estate this summer so he is freed 
up to help me dispose of 25 years' 
accumulation; our house is on the mar- 
ket and we're clearing out in anticipa- 
tion of a sale. Our plans for the future 
are on hold. We took a nice, relaxing 
trip to northern Ml the middle of Oct., 
not only to close the cottage at 
Columbus Beach Club but also to have 
a little much-needed R&R. 

I want to thank all of you, once 
again, for the kind words and encour- 
agement all of you shower on me. 
Almost every one of you who wrote 
had a comment on the state of our 
nation; generally, the remarks were 
hopeful and upbeat. Our world will 
never be the same again but we can 
carry on. Keep those letters and e- 
mails coming; I never tire of hearing 
from my talented and energetic class- 
mates. BRAVO! 



1961 



President: Winifred Storey Davis 
Secretary: Bette Hutchins Sharland 
Fund Agents: Fran Brackenridge 

Neumann, Mary Denny Scott Wray 
Reunion Fundraiser: Willia Fales 

Eckerberg 

Re-Union in Virginia in May was a 
time for relaxing and connecting with 
our former selves, but also for realizing 
that we are connected, we have conti- 
nuity, and we draw strength, even 
inspiration, from those we've known 
for years. We rejoice in retirement 
from traditional work, delight in chil- 
dren and grandchildren, explore 
beyond the bend in the road. Most of 
all, we realize how great a privilege it is 
to be able to choose meaning over 
money as we allocate our time. 



Simone Aubry, stronger than ever, 
cultivates half a county in 
Massachusetts, and every fruit and 
veggie is put to use while her cats 
enjoy her flower gardens. After Re- 
Union, she. Patti Anderson Warren 
and Ginger Lutz Stephen toured North 
Carolina's "research triangle", finding 
Betty Pease Hopkins and Judy Rohrer 
Davis at home. Betty joined them for 
three days of celebratory "R n R" on 
the Outer Banks. Near as Bette 
Hutchins Sharland can tell. Patti is our 
most "frequent flyer", marrying off her 
son on the shores of Lake Tahoe just 
after the September Terror. Airport 
closures hardly marred "a beautiful 
day" to welcome Sarah Ann. She also 
enjoyed the Ashland, Oregon 
Shakespeare Festival, taking in 7 plays, 
4 by the Bard, in 5 days. "Fabulous" 
performances, right alert audience. 
Her October flight was to Colorado, to 
see grandchildren who couldn't make 
the wedding. 

Probably our second "frequent 
flyer" is Simone, who visited in El 
Paso, Newport, R.I., Washington and 
New York City. Together, these two 
spent Thanksgiving in the spring — 
'way down south in the Galapagos 
Islands and then 'way up. in Macchu 
Pichu. They both urge everyone to 
"have as much fun" as they do. 

Another believer in "flower power" 
is Fran Brackenridge Neumann, now a 
judge for the Garden Club of America. 
She and Patti met and discussed their 
re-actions to the 9-11 attacks and their 
feelings about the new kind of war 
started. "It was good to be with a 
new-found old friend." Old friends are 
those who let us think out loud, so we 
can realize how we really feel, what to 
let go, what to keep. Fran recom- 
mends retirement as a way to volun- 
teer more of her strength Faith Bu His 
Mace and Dick spent summer fishing 
in Prince William Sound and the 
Copper River Delta, bringing back lots 
of Alaskan salmon and halibut. When 
not a grandmom, she substitutes as a 
teacher. Winters, it's back to Crystal 
Beach, and more fishing. 

Willia Fales Eckerberg and 
Lennart "loved" their first Sweet Briar 
Re-union. After a summer in Sweden, 
punctuated by a water color class in 
Tuscany, Willia planned to go to 
Alumnae Council "to get even more 
fired up about our super class doing 
even better". From St. Louis, Lucinda 
Lowry Stein and retired Ron spent 
September 2000 in Germany and 
France. March 2001 in Tenerife and 
Madrid. They're "happy in St. Louis" 
since both daughters, Leslie and 
Kathryn, their husbands, and grand- 
children, Paul Edward and Emma, live 
nearby. Everyone welcomed Emma's 
little brother last February. Cindy and 
Ron were in Italy in September 2001. 
and in Florence on the 11th, where 
they were "overwhelmed by the out- 
pouring of sympathy and concern of 
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adds "love to see anyone". Linda 
MacArthur Hollis and Bob were among 
those lucky enough to be on the 
superb SBC trip to China in late spring 
of 2001 . Linda writes "the same 
old" — but along with golf and tennis, 
she and Bob volunteer practically 
everywhere. Now that they've a grand- 
child in western North Carolina, pedia- 
trician Jennifer's first, they continue as 
frequent flyers. From a new home on 
Cape Cod, Mary MacKenzie Shaw 
writes that she retired from the insur- 
ance industry 2 years ago. She and 
Jim sold their home in Simsbury, Ct , 
and followed their granddaughter to 
the Cape, so Mary can babysit. The 
last of her 3 children married in Ireland 
last October, so the Shaws journey 
between England, France, and Ireland, 
with Aruba for contrast. Mary reads, 
plays tennis, and loves the beach. 

We'll never be out of touch with 
Sweet Briar, since we've Judy Greer 
Schulz. who lives in Lynchburg, keeps 
using her music major, and sent 
daughter Cecily to SBC too. She 
keeps up with Jane Garst Lewis, who 
introduced Cecily to another Britisher, 
Jonathan. In April, 2001, both families 
celebrated Jonathan's birthday in the 
Cotswolds. Now Connecticut resi- 
dents, Cecily and Jonathan are being 
introduced around by Emily Fitzhugh. 
"Re-Unions just go on and on across 
the generations". The Rev. Dr. Nancy 
Bloomer, now "officially" retired from 
full time ministry in the Episcopal 
Church, still preaches and celebrates 
frequently, teaches and writes the rest 
of the time, and has two grandchildren. 
Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss repre- 
sented us at the "Friends of Art" meet- 
ing in New York, timed to coincide with 
the print fair at the Armory and a 
reception and lecture by Sweet Briar 
Professor Chris Witcombe at the 
National Arts Club, attended by many 
New York alums. Later, she and Billy 
joined Sally Mathiason Prince and Ted 
for a September weekend in Maine. 
Also summering in Maine were Nancy 
Coppedge Lynn and Jerry, where they 
golfed and Nancy tried out her francais. 
Joined by children and grandchildren, 
they had a splendid time. 

Charlottesville is now home to 
Susan Cone Scott and her "invaluable" 
decorator, Suzanne Seaman Berry. 
Susan missed reunion while preparing 
for the wedding of her daughter, 
Alexandra. Now that she's retired, she 
studies both T'ai Chi and drawing. Too 
busy to retire is Lou Chapman 
Hoffman running the Historic New 
Orleans Collection, visiting Mary 
Hunter Kennedy Daly, then Celia 
Williams Dunn and Mimi Lucas 
Fleming in Savannah. After a surprise 
visit from Bee Newman Thayer, she 
and Don went up to UVa Law to visit 
their son, staying with Betty Meade 
Howard and John. In Richmond or 
maybe Dallas are Judith Harris Cutting 
and Tom, healthy, strong, busy, and 
grandparents of triplets, 2 boys and a 



girl, which has "changed our style con- 
siderably". Two who know about this 
are Susie Prichard Pace and George, 
who say "no news is Good News". 

Celia Williams Dunn s daughter, 
Celia, returned from Cambodia in late 
August of 2000, just before Celia's 
('61 ) father died. Ever roaming, Celia 
popped down to Jacksonville for a 
Sweet Briar reception for President 
Muhlenfeld and a visit with her son. 
Mary Denny Scott Wray especially 
enjoyed seeing FeeFee Matthews at 
Reunion, and encourages others who 
may not have graduated from SBC to 
show up in '06. She keeps up with her 
children and 6 grandchildren, golfs, 
sings in the choir, and weeds the 
Botanical Gardens, while serving on 
the Board of the Richmond Symphony 
and Poplar Forest. After bravely 
assuming the leadership of '61, 
Winifred Storey Davis and Tread 
returned home to welcome grandson 
Cole Davis. Twelve Davises celebrated 
their 40th anniversary at the beach in 
June. Winifred rejoices that her 3 sons 
and her sisters' families are all in the 
southeast, and in 2001, "more impor- 
tant than ever." Many concur, and 
mention the accomplishments of 
friends, the reliability of trained public 
servants, and the comfort of the rou- 
tines we all thought we'd worked out to 
ease us toward our goals. Bette 
Hutchins Sharland had a grand visit 
with her 95 year-old cousin and heard 
all about bridge. She spent a second 
winter shufflin', sortin', slidin' and 
shufflin' in The (north)West Wing of 
the Maryland House of Delegates 
where the grins keep coming. Bee 
Newman Thayer and Brad say they're 
"slowly getting organized" now that 
they have permanently moved to New 
Hampshire, and love being in the 
mountains. In June, son Bill and 
Teresa presented Bradley Read Thayer 
II, who joins sister Katie. They had 
such a "great time" at Reunion and 
"loved having everyone out to the 
farm" so much so that they're willing 
to have us back. Start planning for 
May, 2006! 



1964 



Co-Presidents: Nancy L. Gillies, 

Claire Hughes Knapp 
Secretary: Virginia "Ginny" deBuys 
Fund Agents: Lee Huston Carroll, 

Rosamond Sample Brown, 
Susan Glasgow Brown 

On a personal level, you all seem to 
be a pretty contented group. Many of 
you are retiring, or traveling, or work- 
ing on "grand mothering" skills. All of 
you mentioned that in good times and 
bad, our friendships, these ties from 
long ago, matter more and more each 
year. As friends, what do we do? We 
party. The New York/New 
Jersey/Connecticut contingent had a 
great gathering at Anne Day 
Herrman's. We were six — Anne, Ginny 
deBuys Betsy Pidgeon Parkinson, 



Frances Hanahan Tina Patterson 
Murray, and Ashton Barfield And then 
in the spring, after hearing Sarah 
Strother King was going to be in 
Washington, we got a group together 
at Jackie Nicholson Wysong's in 
Alexandria. It was a beautiful day and 
everyone had a great time. The lively 
attendees were Jackie, Sarah, Anne 
Harwood Scully. Lynne Riley- 
Coleman. Barbara (Bebe) Boiling 
Downs. Rosamond Sample Brown. 
Gail Rothrock Trozzo. Marsh Metcalf 
Seymour, and Anne Stanley And we 
have pictures — except for one of Sarah 
since I ruined my film by accident. 
Classmates who couldn't come to 
either event were disappointed and are 
now looking forward to the next event. 
Nancy Green Hall celebrated the mar- 
riage of her son on September 22 in 
Washington, D.C. Her son and his 
bride both worked in the World 
Financial Center, next door to the WTC. 
We count another blessing. As I write 
these notes, Libby Kopper Schollaerts 
son Charlie, an Army Reserve officer, 
has been called up. Libby also lost her 
brother, Dick, to a sudden illness this 
year. On our web site (now moved to 
www.debuystech.com/sbpatch64 — no 
password needed), you'll find a paint- 
ing by Marjorie Fleigh Kala inspired 
by the WTC events. Marjorie is enjoy- 
ing "a delightful relationship" and has 
moved to New Paltz, NY where she is 
busy with a women's painting group, 
drawing and painting on her own, writ- 
ing in a small writing group, and par- 
ticipating in two personal growth 
groups. She also enjoys substitute 
teaching at Poughkeepsie High School 
and promoting the Global Art Project. 
One busy lady. Mollie Johnson Nelson 
went to China with Sweet Briar in 
May/June and found it fascinating. 
"The Three Gorges Dam is amazing, 
and Ninie Laing's lectures on various 
Chinese arts took me back to Art 
Appreciation courses of long ago." She 
also went on the Sweet Briar trip to 
Sorrento, Italy in October and had a 
wonderful time. "I wasn't going to let a 
few terrorists run my life or ruin my 
plans." Grace Mary Garry Oates writes 
of a reunion with two dear friends from 
St. Andrews and a fine visit with Sarah 
Strother King and husband Robin, and 
Helen Dunn. "I hadn't seen Helen for 
25 years and hadn't seen Sarah since 
we graduated. They're both as lively, 
interesting and entertaining as they 
always were." Sarah and Robin are 
spending the winter on their farm in 
Portugal, harvesting olives and enjoy- 
ing the rich, timeless culture there. 
Wally and Grace Mary enjoyed a trip to 
Scotland and England in June, "for a 
long planned pilgrimage to lona and 
Lindesfarne, following in the footsteps 
of Sts. Columba, Aidan and Cuthbert 
and then to Melrose Abbey and 
Abbotsford, Scott's home, in the beau- 
tiful Borders area of Scotland (where 
both Cuthbert and Bede are buried)." 
They enjoyed lots of theater in London, 



including a first visit to the Globe for a 
performance of Lear. Wonderful! Tuck 
Mattern Harvey came east to visit her 
daughter and grandchildren in Fairfax 
and then she and Grace Mary drove 
down to Fredericksburg to see Sheila 
Carroll Cooprider Sheila has a new 
grandson, Aidan Connor Gass, born on 
April 4, 2001 to Roger and Kathryn 
Cooprider Gass, O'Fallon, IL. "He is 
exceptionally good and beautiful." 
Kathryn is still working as a speech 
therapist and LeaAnn, in Denver, is a 
manager at Quest and climbs 14,000 ft 
mountains ("14ers" to those in the 
know). Chuck, a pilot with United 
Airlines, will retire in May 2002. "I am 
happily working in a parish in the 
Fredericksburg area. We still travel a 
lot and welcome visitors to our Virginia 
home." Bettina Patterson Murray is 
teaching at John Jay College in New 
York, a college on the forefront of 
training police and firemen. She's on 
the speakers' circuit this year, first with 
a visit to the College Reading 
Association and then a conference at 
Scotland Yard in London in the spring. 
And, she's still writing her thesis! 
Scottie Newell Lennon enjoyed enter- 
taining her children's families and 
friends around a new pool installed this 
year. (Okay, Scottie, next year we'll 
have a '64 pool party!) "We're enjoying 
other people's grandchildren until we 
are blessed with one." Rich Jr. returned 
from Virginia this year and has been a 
big help after Rich Sr.'s stroke. 
Daughter Allison also lives nearby so 
"we're all hangin' together." Penny 
Writer Theis and husband Stuart count 
their blessings and chief among them 
are their children. Penny's son Tim and 
wife just built their first house in the 
Chicago area. He is a pilot with 
American Airlines out of O'Hare. Son 
Jeff and his wife are living in Glens 
Falls, NY with granddaughter Delaney, 
now two years old. Daughter Ginger is 
with the Jones Day law firm in DC. 
and just bought her first house in 
Arlington. Stephanie Stokes' interior 
design projects were featured in four 
national magazines this past fall. She 
founded Design for Living, Interior 
Design Industry Fights Breast Cancer, 
an organization devoted to helping 
women in the industry by providing 
free screening and raising money for 
creative research. She's enjoying trav- 
eling out west and to Europe. Christie 
Calder Solomon has retired from her 
job at Christie's Auction House. She's 
now pursuing her own photography, 
some work with several non-profits, 
some babysitting for grandchildren, 
and various travels. "Life is good. I'd 
welcome a call when classmates come 
through the NY area!" Frances 
Hanahan continues in real estate in 
New York and spends a lot of time at 
her home in Charleston. When I called 
Fran after September 1 1 , she was hav- 
ing trouble making reservations to 
leave NYC. We reached a new phase in 
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reservation services and booked her 
train passage out of Mew York to 
Charleston. "Your credit card number 
please. Expiration Date... Thank you for 
calling Ginny's Travel Services ." Nina 
Sledge Burke and husband Frank 
spend most of their time in the South 
Carolina low country or the North 
Carolina Mountains with stopovers in 
Atlanta, which is "still really home." 
Their daughter will produce a first 
grandchild in February and their son 
still practices law in Charleston, SC. 
She gets to see many SBC alumnae in 
her travels and in her work for the RE. 
Lee/Stratford Hall Board. Mary Duer 
Colen and Joe spend most weekends 
at their farm on the Eastern shore and 
love it more than ever. "Our home in 
Gladwyne PA is quite neglected but as 
we both continue to be fully employed, 
it will be our full time residence. Joe's 
son, our oldest, and his wife expect 
our first grandchild on Thanksgiving. 
Needless to say, we are thrilled. Jennie 
Colen remains in retail. Jennifer Leach 
is chief legal counsel to Senator 
Torricelli and therefore still in 
Washington, D.C. Ambler Leach is now 
with Herman Miller. Angie Whaley 
LeClerq and husband Fred live above 
Fred's antique store (Alkyn Arts and 
Antiques) in Charleston while Angie 
continues to spin tales (the latest 
"Between North and South. The Letters 
of Emily Wharton Sinkler"). Angie says, 
"Do come visit!" Dona Van Arsdale 
Jones' son Tim is a freshman at the 
University of Denver and daughter 
Emily is in D.C. working for the Federal 
Trade Commission. Naturally, Dona 
loves having Emily nearby. Dona says 
"she was delighted to see Ginny" 
(that's me) "this past spring when we 
had lunch during Ginny's D.C. visit, and 
I hope to see her again!" I hope we do 
it again too. It had been years but 
seemed like yesterday. Elizabeth 
Matheson reports that she and Helen 
Dunn were in "sweet, elegant, Lucca, 
Italy" on the 1 1th of September and 
were glad to come home shortly after. 
"Hillsborough has become a writer's 
town including several (Lee Smith. 
Annie Dillard) with — gasp — Hollins 
connections. It's high cotton for me, a 
starstruck reader from way back." 
Marsh Metcalf Seymour loves being a 
docent at the Freer and Sackler 
Galleries (Smithsonian) and continues 
to paint. There were no big trips this 
year. Life's pleasures remain closer to 
home and family. Another grandchild (a 
boy) arrived in 2001 causing Marsh to 
take up knitting again "which means 
taking out more stitches than 
Odysseus' Penelope since I only knit 
when someone in our family produces 
a baby or gets married!" Carrie Peyton 
Walker's travels took her to Paris and 
Italy in January (2001) and then in 
October on a long planned trip to New 
England (Vermont, New Hampshire. 
Massachusetts) to see the fall color 
where she visited Wendy Wilkens and 
her family for several days. She enjoys 



San Francisco Opera and having lots of 
houseguests. Have you ever been to a 
"Red Egg and Ginger" luncheon' 
Carrie has. The occasion celebrates a 
one-month-old Chinese baby's birth. 
Rosamond Sample Brown writes. 
"This has been a good year and my 
last work year, at least until I get bored 
or hungry. I plan to take a sabbatical 
(I'm not really calling it retirement 
because that makes me sound too old. 
plus I may have to seek gainful 
employment again if the stock market 
does not recover fast) for at least a 
year to travel, see friends and family, 
and just adjust my priorities. That 
includes hopefully seeing many 
of my SBC classmates. I plan to stay in 
this area and divide my time between 
my McLean. VA townhouse and my 
San Diego townhouse visiting friends 
in the U.S. and Europe. I spent a week 
in the south of France near the Spanish 
border in June, then a month in Austria 
in August. In September, I was in Little 
Rock for my younger son's wedding I 
have been thinking seriously about this 
"retirement" for the past year, and the 
September 11 attacks confirmed my 
decision Susan Jahn Mancini had a 
nice chat with Hedi Haug White and 
was happy to find out that all was well 
with her and her family. "I am finding it 
valuable and therapeutic to reconnect 
with old friends and I'm not sure 
whether it is age or recent events, per- 
haps both " V.M. Del Greco Galgano 
writes that her daughter Laura's wed- 
ding went beautifully and that she is 
teaching an overload at James 
Madison University, "with just enough 
time to work with the SBC Alumnae 
Association and play with my 18- 
month-old granddaughter. Those are 
three things I love so it is hardly a 
hardship ." Genie Johnson Sigler 
writes that she and husband Bill went 
on the SBC trip to Tuscany in 
November 2000. "It was wonderful! 
We met lots of wonderful SBC alumnae 
and friends. We were there during the 
election, and it was a most interesting 
experience, especially being from 
Arkansas! Lots of differing opinions — 
and especially interesting to hear the 
Italian viewpoint on all of the goings 
on! We loved the trip so much that we 
are taking the exact same one this 
September! We just felt like there was 
much more to learn and see. so here 
we go! We are tagging along with two 
other colleges this time, and will miss 
our SBC connections! 

Other news is that we added a 
downstairs bedroom and bath last 
summer. I live in the house where I 
grew up so it's wonderful to have a 
"new" room! A real change for me!" 
Anne Day Herrmann went to China 
with Mary Green Borg's singing group 
and had a great time. Anne's good 
friend and our classmate. Barbara Doty 
Miller, died in January 2001 after a 4 
1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer. 
Ginny deBuys was to go to Sorrento 
with Sweet Briar and didn't. My 



employer has been affected but not 
defeated by the economy and the 
World Trade Center events. We were 
most fortunate to have moved most of 
the employees to New Jersey (nearer 
to me!) over the summer. I have 
caught the "grandmother" bug as 
"great godmother" to Milbrey Walker, 
my roommate Milbrey Raney's ('65) 
grandchild. The perfect Christmas bear 
is waiting in its Christmas box. After 
taking Vera LeCraw Carvaillos son 
Philippe to dinner and thinking about 
all those pictures on the web site, I 
keep thinking that we need a sons and 
daughters gathering. You have charm- 
ing children! I also visited Richard and 
Evelyn Pannell at West Point where 
Richard is teaching and met their two 
little girls, Emma (5) and Abigail (7), 
my cousin Laurie's grandchildren. 
Finally, you sent love to all of your 
classmates and promises to return for 
the next reunion. I'm keeping tabs. 
Please call or email news any time. 
Email: vdebuys@sprintmail.com. 



1967 



President: Judith Bensen Stigle 
Secretary: Diane Dalton 

The request for class notes arrived 
in early September. I think that Baird 
Shinberger Bell summed up the feel- 
ings of many of us when she wrote, 
"The events of the past week make it 
difficult to think of writing about the 
events that define my life. My family 
was spared the individual grief, but feel 
very much a part of the collective 
grief". Baird retired after 27 years of 
teaching and is devoting more time to 
her quilting. Son. Dave, is a 3rd year 
resident in internal medicine at Walter 
Reed and announced his engagement 
to Rachel Torres in July. Son. Steve, 
writes and tests programs for air traffic 
controllers. 

Barb Tillman Kelley says. "As oth- 
ers know, it is weird with no kids 
around after you have spent so many 
years with PTA. soccer games, etc." 
Son, David, has a condo nearby and 
Darcy loves vet school at Auburn. Trey 
has transferred to Millsaps in Jackson. 
MS. Barb is beginning a new stage of 
volunteer work as a docent for a local 
landmark, and this is her 24th year 
driving the Artmobile and seeing kids 
at the Museum. 

After breaking her hip, Jill 
Berguido Gill's mother, Marion Jayne 
Berguido. SBC '28 has moved into a 
nursing home and is feeling better. Jill 
tutors 18 students between 2nd and 
11th grade. She gardens for relaxation, 
and added a fishpond this year. Jill 
loves to write and finds time to write 
creative pieces, maintain her "Garden 
Journal" that she started in 1975, and 
write up notes on her students. Bruce 
is still extremely busy with Harriton 
House. New animals at Harriton are 
Oreo and Rammy the sheep and their 
two lambs, and Bugle and Saddle, 
Nubian goat babies. Bruce was "on the 



scene" when the lambs were born. 
Bruce is also involved in raising money 
for the restoration of the old barn on 
the Harriton Plantation. He is on the 
Vestry and several other committees at 
Christ Church, Philadelphia. Tim. 21. is 
living in Powelton Village. Philadelphia 
with 6 friends from Drexel U. 

Vicky Baker returned from four 
months in Sri Lanka on a Rotary 
University Teaching Grant after taking 
side trips to Myanmar and Cambodia. 
Before the new semester at Eckerd 
College began, Vicky spent 2 weeks in 
the Cayman Islands sponsoring her top 
student and Ford Apprentice Scholar 
on a research project dealing with the 
impact of tourism. 

Ginny Carpenter Delgado is now 
known as "Grandmommy" to her first 
grandson Alvaro. Son. Rafael, daugh- 
ter-in-law Ines, and the baby live in 
Cartagena (Murcia) where Rafael is an 
officer on a submarine. Ginny visited 
her sister and brother-in-law this sum- 
mer in Breckenridge CO. practiced her 
English and brushed up on American 
customs and culture. They hiked, 
played golf, rode horseback, and visit- 
ed the San Juan Mountains, Ouray. 
Telluride. Silverton and Durango. She 
spent 2 weeks in England and Scotland 
and went to the tiny island of lona. the 
birthplace of Christianity in Scotland 
and found it to be a very special and 
beautiful place. She went to 
Bannockburn, Markinch, Forfar and 
Kettle, home to her Scottish ancestors. 
She reports that Scotland has almost 
as many castles as Spain. In Madrid 
she's busy with friends and Spanish 
family and joined "AWMS" American 
Women Married to Spaniards. Her 
horse, Windy, is 18 and finally starting 
to calm down, although every once in a 
while her thoroughbred character fires 
up. Ginny's new accomplishment is 
learning to play golf, which is a lesson 
of humility, as one of her friends says. 

Another new golfer is Gracey 
Stoddard who had a wonderful sum- 
mer of travel to Vermont and a lot of 
tennis and golf She's getting hooked 
and finds it "relaxing if you don't take it 
or yourself too seriously". Oscar, 27, is 
working in finance in NYC and is 
engaged to a W&M classmate. Casey, 
25, is living in Williamsburg since his 
'99 graduation from W&M and is 
exploring different jobs in the search 
for what he ultimately wants to do. 

Betsy Bernard Hatch checked in 
with Judi Bensen Stigle via email. 
She's still married to Philip, mother of 
a banker son and lawyer daughter, 
grandmother of one with another on 
the way. retired from retail, and trying 
to get rid of her excess junk as an 
obsessive collector on Ebay. 

Peggy Pittman Patterson is still 
serving as the Dean of the Cathedral in 
Wilmington, DE, but is looking toward 
the next stage of life with a 
vacation/retirement home in Santa Fe, 
NM. She is planning the family 
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daughter, a graduate student in New 
Zealand. 

Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings 
writes that she doesn't have really any- 
thing to report except they took a 
return trip to the Middle East and 
arrived home 1 week before the WTC 
Disaster and last time they went they 
arrived home 2 weeks before the start 
of the Gulf War. "I love the Middle East 
but perhaps we should not go." Maria 
has been working closely with the relief 
effort at church. They have a driver 
who got on the list of people allowed 
to go to Ground Zero so they know 
things actually got to volunteers. 

Anne Carr Bingham is in her third 
year of the graduate liberal studies pro- 
gram at Wesleyan U. Kim and Anne are 
still singing with their church choir and 
The Anglican Singers. The latter per- 
formed choral evensong in the 
Episcopal cathedral in Albany. "What a 
thrill to sing in that beautiful, holy 
space." In addition to choral work, she 
has started individual voice lessons, 
which have proven enjoyable and most 
helpful. Kim and Anne became grand- 
parents again. Claire joins brother 
Mark, 8. and sisters Hannah, 6, Natalie, 
4, and Isabel, 2. Daughter, Alexandra, 
continues to homeschool the 3 older 
children who are bright, engaged, 
happy, and enjoyable to be around. 
Son, Robert, is at SUNY Brockport pur- 
suing a masters degree in dance. He 
hopes to teach dance at the college 
level upon completing his work there. 

Kim Waters Keriakos loves being a 
grandmother. In northern VAthey have 
4 of their 7 grandchildren ages 1 
month, 22 months, 2 years and 4 
years. They spend a lot of time danc- 
ing, story telling, and acting. She 
enjoys working with the flower ministry 
at church. She finds arranging the 
magnificent chancel flowers and some 
of the other large arrangements for 
worship, wonderful. Van and Kim 
joined with her sister and brother-in- 
law to take their mother to the 
Homestead for her birthday where they 
enjoyed a relaxing time with family in 
the beautiful Blue Ridge. 

Betsy Kurtz Argo and Jimmie are 
busy traveling back and forth being 
michiganders and buckeyes. He's 
retired and can't wait for Betsy to 
retire, but she loves her job and does- 
n't see any end soon. Betsy talked to 
Toni Naren Gates who said that both 
of her kids were in NYC when the tow- 
ers fell. But she heard from both right 
away and knew they were safe. 

Ginny Stanley Douglas is the CA 
Coordinator for The WISH List; work- 
ing to elect Pro-Choice Republican 
Women at all levels of government. 
She's fund raising around CA and help- 
ing with Western Campaign School in 
Phoenix in the fall. Niece. Leila Kessler, 
graduated from James Madison U in 
May. They had a big family reunion in 
Roanoke and at Harrisonburg with 
cousins ranging from their daughter, 
the eldest at 29, down to their nephew, 



Jack at 18 months. Ginny's still a 
grandmother-in-waiting. They ski at 
Lake Tahoe in the winter and hike and 
golf in the summer. Bill and Ginny 
spent a week in HI in October hiking, 
swimming, loafing and partying. They 
attended a party in HI where the host's 
sister graduated from SBC. Vivian 
Butler of AL. A small SBC world! Their 
guest cottage has been full with college 
students stopping by en route to/from 
San Francisco or flying out to ski. Bill 
and Ginny feel blessed with a very 
peaceful year and a wonderful family 
and good health. Thanks to Jane 
Stephenson Wilson for checking in. 
She's still in Greenville. SC and doing 
well. 

Diane Mann Lankford continues to 
be busy building houses in Atlanta and 
promoting her development in Madison 
GA. Her daughter, Catherine, was mar- 
ried in June 2001 with a lovely garden 
reception. 

Susan Tucker is busy volunteering 
on the Boards of the Carlos Museum of 
Art & Archaeology, the Forward Arts 
Foundation and the Blerancourt 
Museum of French-American History in 
Paris. She chaired the Forward Arts 
Foundation annual fashion show with 
Oscar de la Renta as designer. In '00 
Susan traveled to Burgundy with a 
Blerancourt program and in '01 is 
going on their Paris trip. She chaired 
their Atlanta event "Vive Wilson", a 
photographic history of President 
Wilson's journey to Paris at the end of 
WWI. Susan sees classmates Kay 
Trogdon Hightowerand Melissa 
Sanders Thomas 

Lindsay Smith Newsom reports 
that her daughter, Kate, is fine in 
Greenwich Village. NYC where she 
works for an architecture firm. Lindsay 
visited Randy Brown and Sue Morck 
Perrin at Pawley's Island, and saw 
Gretchen Bullard Barber and her fami- 
ly in Wilson NC. She reports that Sally 
Haskell Richardson and Wes are trav- 
elling lots, but are real Floridians in the 
cold months. Lindsay is busy with 
church, the art museum, her high 
school St. Mary's, and a summer trip 
to Italy. 

Randy Brown's daughter, Raye, 
married Mike Dunn in October '00 and 
graduated from James Madison U in 
'01. Son, Bill graduated from Essex HS 
and plans to be an Army ranger. After 
suffering a stroke in France, Randy's 
father returned home and passed away 
in May '01. Randy retired, but she's 
found another job! 

Kat Barnhardt Chase writes that 
daughter, Alison, is a busy teenager 
dancing and starting her college 
search. Husband. Bob, continues to 
thoroughly enjoy teaching computer 
science at SBC. Kat and Bob are having 
a delightful time with their grandson. 

Eugenia Bull Ryner is the 
Administrator for the FBI Library, and 
in an understatement notes that this 
has been an unusually difficult and 
stressful year in law enforcement. She 



had the opportunity to travel to the 
Netherlands for an international confer- 
ence in May. Her retired husband, 
Stephen, recently was appointed to the 
planning commission for Prince 
William County, VA and continues with 
many volunteer activities. 

Stephanie Ewalt Coleman's family 
is doing well including her 98-year-old 
father. She and Ron visited Newport, Rl 
and enjoyed Pam Ford Kelley's hospi- 
tality and beautiful shop. 

Margy Dortch Brooks sells residen- 
tial real estate. She's taken up oil and 
watercolor painting with a great teacher 
and wonderful friends. Both children 
have moved away, but they enjoy visit- 
ing Virginia in San Francisco and Will 
in Atlanta. 

Susan Sumners Alloway and 
Evans are tending their small horse 
farm in semi-retirement. Evans does 
free-lance educational writing, and 
Susan has left full-time Presbyterian 
ministerial jobs to go back to school to 
train to be a Spiritual Director and lead 
retreats. Their youngest is a college 
junior, 2 work in banks, and the last is 
an actor, soccer coach and high school 
teacher. They are proud of them and 
especially the 2 who have overcome 
substance problems. 

Mary Sabra Gillespie Monroe is 
still in Richmond, but daughter Alison 
and Ben have moved to Philadelphia 
where she is attending Temple Law, 
and daughter Anne is at SUNY 
Stonybrook School of Medicine. 

While visiting her daughter, Lorien, 
in Ecuador Gene King Leyden lived 
with an indigenous family in the jungle 
where she learned to catch fish with 
her hands. She's back in Ashland, OR 
teaching dance. 

Beverly Bradshaw Blake continues 
to reinvent herself. After teaching 
school and being a writer/producer of 
corporate films, she's an aspiring ther- 
apist doing her internship. Her son, 
Thomas, "doesn't seem particularly 
enthralled with the idea of going to 
school with Mom". 

Jim and Eleanor Crossley celebrat- 
ed their 46th anniversary with a trip to 
eastern Canada and Cape Cod. Life is 
good with tennis and sailing in Tampa 
Bay and a grandchild on the way from 
their youngest son. 

After speaking at a conference in 
Houston. Mary Cary Ambler visited 
Stephanie Lucas Harrison. She vaca- 
tioned in Kauai. Son, John, is an assis- 
tant producer for Fox News and 
Jagueline is at Boston U. Mary Cary 
continues as the Learning Specialist at 
Convent of the Sacred Heart in 
Greenwich, CT. 

Janie Willingham McNabb is the 
proud grandmother of 9 with more on 
the way. Leading her church's mother's 
group working with toddlers and knit- 
ting baby blankets and Christmas 
stockings keeps her busy. Over the 
summer, she helped develop a busi- 
ness plan for the communications 
company on whose board she sits. 



Glory McRae Bowen toured to 
France and her choir sang at Notre 
Dame. St. Albiens and Mont St. Michel 
last summer. She also sings with the 
AAUW's "O.K. Chorale". Her daughter 
directed for the NYC lonesco Festival. 
Son, Hardy is studying International 
Studies and Russian at Vassar and 
spent last summer in St. Petersburg 
and Moscow. Her youngest, T. J. is a 
high school junior. 

Beth Gawthrop Riely wrote me a 
lovely letter about Leslie Huber 
Dudley. We will miss Leslie and Ginny 
Young Phillips who both have passed 
away. 

Judi Bensen Stigle has been busy 
traveling, including a trip to Paris, and 
keeping up with her volunteer work for 
the VNA and SBC. I've enjoyed room- 
ing with her on our trips to SBC for 
Alumnae Board meetings. The 
Centennial has been a wonderful cele- 
bration. I hope to see you all at 
reunion, and remember to keep the 
news coming. Toots Dalton, 414-276- 
2989 or dbdalton@execpc.com. 



1970 



President: Deborah L. Jones 
Secretary: Virginia Eldridge Eaton 

The life altering events of Sept 11 
occurred at the time responses to class 
notes were due. A tone of gratitude for 
our blessings pervaded the responses. 
The basics of family and friendships 
are front and center. 

Stuart Camblos Rodman missed 
our 30th to attend her daughter's grad- 
uation from Franklin and Marshall. 
Stuart is happy to be back in her 
hometown of Asheville. She feels like a 
posterchild for the "sandwich" genera- 
tion with 3 daughters in school, both 
parents in town and a semi-retired 
husband. They enjoy a home in 
Wrightsville Beach and a ranch in 
Wyoming where Stuart actually herded 
cattle and was able to walk and talk 
about it the next day. She enjoyed dec- 
orating the 2 condos they rent out on 
the ski slopes in Jackson Hole. Stuart 
would love to see any class mates vis- 
iting the WNC mountains. 

Kathy Cummings Catlin will pub- 
lish her 2nd business book in March 
"Building the Awesome Organization". 
She consults with CEOs of high growth 
companies and Chip works for a 
biotech company in suburban Boston. 
Jack graduated from UVA and works in 
Boston and Reed is 3rd year engineer- 
ing student, also at UVA. She sees Rod 
and Elsa Jones Forter all the time. 

Claudia Forman Pleasants covers 
both ends of the child spectrum. Her 
son, Ross Ostrander is in his 4th year 
at UVA and her daughter, Casey 
Pleasants has started first grade. Busy 
Claudia chairs the Membership Board 
of Johns Hopkins Real Estate Institute; 
is a trustee at Hospice caring, and 
serves on the Board at the Barnesville 
School. If that wasn't enough she is 
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She and her husband are finishing a 
log cabin in the mountains of 
Cumberland. MD for a well deserved 
retreat. 

Rose Ann Feldman Braun and 
Marc are flourishing as lawyers in St 
Louis. Her 8th grade daughter is 
involved in field hockey and her 9th 
grade son is into soccer. She had a fun 
catch-up with Pat Swinney Kaufman 
when she visited St Louis last year. 

Dr Ann Gateley is in academic 
medicine in New Mexico and complet- 
ed her 19th Marathon. Still reluctant to 
remarry and has the welcome mat out 
for 70 (if you can catch her). Jane 
Gott and husband Ron Tant spent the 
summer tending roses, oil painting and 
staving off the ravages of age with a 
personal trainer. Jane has visited her 
folks in Hilton Head and caught up with 
SBC roomie Barbara Offutt Mathieson. 

Frances Graveley and Haig moved 
to their new, very modern house after 
the old one burned to the ground in the 
wake of Hurricane Fran. Frances 
reports Lee is studying engineering at 
GA Tech and Susan explores zoology at 
MC State. Her Italian import business, 
Vietri thrives. 

Louise Hayman became a Fellow in 
the PR Society of America. She is 
Director of Communications for 
Comptroller of Maryland. Annapolis 
based Louise took up rowing and has 
completed a 12 mile race. Her daugh- 
ter, Kessler. is editor of Chesapeake 
Life magazine. Kris Herzog has been 
traveling from her Gainesville FL home 
to MA where she is cleaning out her 
mom's house. She's blasting out 
resumes in hopes of a job change. Her 
2 nieces love SBC and she reports a 
fun encounter with Deb Jones. 

Mary Jane Hipp Brock wrote from 
NYC reeling from the events of 9/11 
and treasuring her family and friends. 
Skip and Sue Holbrook Daly traveled 
to Paris and Brussels which Sue hadn't 
seen since she went to highschool 
there. Youngest daughter Stephanie 
and her husband graduated from W&L 
law and both passed the bar! Daughter 
Andrea lives at Woodberry Forest 
where her husband is on the admis- 
sions staff and is in charge of the bas- 
ketball program. Sue sells and teaches 
real estate and serves as a volunteer 
chaplain at Alexandria Hospital. Skip 
works for Fairchild Dornier which 
builds small commercial aircrafts. 

Charlie and May Humphreys Fox 
are still in Richmond where she works 
in the government relations area. 
Daughter Keely followed May's foot- 
steps by spending Junior Year in 
Florence. Son George graduated from 
JMU and was spending 4 months 
exploring Australia and New Zealand. 

Baird Hunter Campbell writes from 
Queenstown MD that all 3 children "left 
for their respective schools in domino 
fashion, various parent weekends fol- 
lowed in domino fashion, and now fall 
weekends in domino have started — yes 
in domino fashion"— so much for the 



empty nest! Neal is a sophomore at 
Lynchburg College, Clay is a freshman 
at Elon University in NC and Parker is a 
junior at St Catherines. Baird is back to 
teaching middleschoolers full time so 
she can enjoy the relaxed summer 
style of Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Jane Lewis Seaks keeps busy with 
Libby (16 and driving!). Terry fulfills a 
childhood dream in retirement by vol- 
unteering with the train crew at the 
North Carolina Transportation Museum. 

Jo Shaw Robinson and her son 
Edwin visited while college shopping. 
Candace Buker Chang visited while her 
sister was undergoing surgery at Duke. 

Kim Mitchell Bethea finished her 
PhD in Ed Technology at University of 
Wisconsin-Madison. Kim & David 
caught up with Kenn and Tricia Mast 
George at David's 30th W&L reunion. 
They will be empty nesters when Emily 
goes to college this fall. Kim proposes 
a mini-reunion in Chicago. 

Jean McKee Carmichael marks 25 
years with the YMCA as executive 
director. She moved to LA after 10 
years in Dallas where she left eldest 
son, Ian, married with 3 precious chil- 
dren and serving in the Air Force. 
Youngest son, Ross, plays pro basket- 
ball in Spain. Jean reunited with Diane 
McCabe Reid who was "scouting col- 
leges" in CA. Jean jokes that they 
bored their respective children catching 
up with each other's lives. 

Barbara Offutt Mathieson cautions 
everyone to do those breast self- 
exams. She'd had a clear mammogram 
4 months prior to discovering a lump 
upon returning from a happy trip to 
Spain. She had a lumpectomy, chemo 
and is going through a course of radia- 
tion. No lymph nodes were involved 
and our thoughts are with Barbara for 
a complete recovery, Thanks for shar- 
ing your experience. . it's an important 
reminder for all of us. 

Bonnie Palmer McCloskey sounds 
happily busy in Aspen with family, trav- 
el, sports and volunteer activities. 
Children Todd (26), David (24), Lauren 
(20) are in Boulder where the boys 
formed the McCloskey Brothers Band 
and Lauren is at CU. Devon (17) is 
home with Bonnie and Tom. Bonnie's 
book club has been together 12 years 
and went to London last fall to study 
Shakespeare. Bonnie's volunteer activi- 
ties include the SBC Board, Aspen 
Center for New Medicine Board, Aspen 
Education Foundation Board, and 
Women's Foundation of Colorado 
Board. She founded a women's speaker 
luncheon series last year and with Tom 
started a National Music Day. May 
1st. ..whew! 

Mary Jo Petree Murphy writes 
from Winston-Salem that she. too, 
joined the sandwich generation. Her 
mom has Alzheimers, her dad has 
some health challenges and she tries 
to visit her scattered brood in 
Glenwood Springs CO. Atlanta and 
Chapel Hill. She and Frank are on the 
Young Life Committee and MaryJo 



keeps active with tennis and long walks 
with the dog. She was looking forward 
to her daughter's wedding in October 
where Katy Lou Warren Towers was 
going to cut the cake. 

Betty Rau Santangelo works as 
Program Director of the Shenedohowa 
Senior Center in upstate NY. Betty 
administers around 50 activities in 
which over 125 people a day partici- 
pate. She sings in 3 different groups 
and enjoyed tandem bike riding with 
Bob this summer. Bob is a patent attor- 
ney for GE's R&D headquarters in 
Niskayuna. Matt is a sophomore at 
Duke and writes comedy sketches. 
Sara teaches high school biology and 
leads the Outing Club in NH and David 
is a free-lance TV editor living in 
Queens. 

Great note from Kate Schlech who 
has logged 21 years at DOJ antitrust 
division. She claims to have done 
absolutely nothing interesting to 
report. "no pets, no beau, no spouse, 
no kids ..but no complaints either". 
Kate can be found antiquing in pursuit 
of political cartoons which may or may 
not find their way into a book. 

Elizabeth Smith Avery attended the 
wedding of Stephanie Harmon's (SBC 
72) daughter in the American Cathedral 
in Paris. 

Peripatetic Sally Taylor finished the 
Frankfurt Book Fair and declares she is 
forsaking publishing for the open sea. 
She was cruising the Med this fall and 
claims she wants to "enjoy the body 
while it is at least partially robust". 

Debbie Warren Rommel is in 
Houston where she teaches kinder- 
garten and Ross practices law. 2 chil- 
dren are in college and one is out. She 
still plans to move to Texas Hill 
Country in a few years. Katy Warren 
Towers writes of a blessed life filled 
with travels including tulip season in 
the Netherlands, Italy, mountains of 
North Carolina, San Antonio and 
Winston Salem for Mary Jo's daugh- 
ter's wedding. She achieved her per- 
sonal goal of running her 1st 15K and 
ranked in the top 10% of our age 
group. 

I continue to be very involved in 
my job as channel manager for a soft- 
ware company. Transformation from 
vertical to geographical base provided 
a welcome decrease in overnite travel, 
much to the chagrin of the kennel that 
boards my boxer dogs. This summer 
brought an extended trip to our Costa 
Mesa CA headquarters...! finally got 
the opportunity to explore Southern CA 
and visited the magnificent Getty 
museum. This fall. I squeezed in a few 
weekends at my condo at the DE beach 
with some friends and am still active in 
professional organizations and the 
local garden club. A healthy, happy 
year to all and feel free to e-mail me 
with news @ neaton@filenet.com 



1973 



President: Kathleen Cochran Schutze 
Secretary: Louise (Weezie) Blakeslee 

Gilpin 
Fund Agent: Diane Dale Reiling 

Happy Birthday to all of us who 
have turned 50 in the last year or are 
staring at it on the near horizon. 
Personally. I am proud of reaching that 
place feeling great— wrinkles and gray 
hair aside. 

Phebe Callaway Robertson wrote 
that she has moved from Chevy Chase 
to Pine Mountain. GA. 

Betsy Cann Akers writes that her 
two older sons are Chi Phi's at U.Ga; 
Morgan a first-year. Scotty a senior. 
William, an 11th grader, and George, a 
9th grader, are at Westminster in 
Atlanta. 

Lee Addison Sanford and Lisa 
Marshall Chalmers have children there 
as well. Betsy and Scott just celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniversary. 

Peggy Cheesewright Garner has 
had some wild encounters in her 
Bellevue. WA neighborhood this year. A 
fully-grown cougar was seen a block 
away, deer and an opossum roam 
nearby and a 6 foot black bear stopped 
daughter Whitney's (in 6th grade) bus 
just before Peggy wrote. She gave a 
speech to 125 women at a garden club 
meeting and another to 85 women. To 
me, that sounds much scarier than the 
bear! Peggy still loves teaching. She 
talks with Lisa Fowler Winslow regu- 
larly. 

Having not heard from Mac 
Cuthbert Langley. I felt obligated to 
call her for news. Will is living at home 
and working locally; Hibernia is a high 
school senior and in the throes of the 
college process. She plays the cello 
with the Charleston Youth Orchestra. 
Cuthbert has just been cast in a local 
production of "A Christmas Carol." 

After moving last September. Sue 
Dern Plank spent much of the spring 
helping her mother move out of the 
home where she had lived for 48 years. 
In March, Sue, Elena and David went to 
Belize and Guatemala to view the 
Mayan ruins at Caracol and Tikal. 
During several days on Ambergris Caye 
off the Belize coast. Sue and Elena 
became certified Open Water Scuba 
Divers. This allowed them to enjoy the 
fish and plant life on the reefs with 
David who was already certified. Sue 
volunteers at Elena's school in the 
library, admissions and development. 
Her planned trip to SBC's Alumnae 
Council was abandoned after 5 1/2 
hours in the airport waiting for flights 
that were eventually cancelled. David 
continues to work for The Gordian 
Group as an engineering consultant. 
Elena is a h.s. junior who plays soccer 
and is beginning the college search. 
Debbie Pigman 71 who taught at 
Elena's school moved to New Orleans 
to be closer to her parents and will be 
teaching at the McGehee's School for 
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Christine Eng Leventhal and Peter 
continue to work in nutrition and fit- 
ness. Christine is working on recertifi- 
cation as a teacher. Their son Nick is a 
junior at Storm King School in NY, Amy 
is a junior at UVM and John is a h.s. 
freshman. 

Lyn Fisher Cortwright lives in rural 
Warren County. NJ raising purebred 
Arabian horses for the show ring. She 
is working in financial services — finan- 
cial planning, life insurance, stock bro- 
kerage — since 1983. Lyn lost many 
friends in the World Trade Center dis- 
aster and writes that "the city is no 
longer such a naive, carefree place 
... Hope that some of my lost friends 
will contact me." Lyn traveled to Africa, 
"a very spiritual experience," and 
hopes to return in 2002. Lyn will never 
forget her 50th birthday on the 12th of 
September. 

Lisa Fowler Winslow is busy 
working as a law librarian, volunteering 
at school and is now a docent at the 
Getty Art Museum. Her daughter plays 
volleyball in high school and her son is 
a junior at Berkeley. Last April Lisa vis- 
ited Betsie Meric Gambel in New 
Orleans for the jazz festival. 

Jane Garland Lucas' firm, Lucas 
Stefura Interiors, has been working on 
a large project this year at Milton 
Academy and will be working on 
another large project that will break 
ground in June. Surprisingly, we have 
not run into each other. The firm is 
working with Graham Gund Architects 
on the new student building at SBC. 
Jane is going to Austria in mid-October 
to a clinic specializing in lymphederma, 
a long-term side effect of her cancer 
surgery and radiation treatments ten 
years ago. Husband Carmen will join 
her for a time followed by a trip includ- 
ing Verona and Innsbruck. After 
Thanksgiving in Venice with her sister 
with trips to Padua, Bologna, Florence, 
Pisa, and Milan, Jane will travel to 
Dijon and Paris until the end of 
November. She is taking a leave from 
her firm through January 2002 and 
looks forward to time at home and not 
sending Christmas presents out FedEx 
on December 23rd! 

Robin Harmon O'Neil is riding and 
competed last summer. She is now 
working with the hounds in preparation 
for hunt season as she is field master 
of the Camden Hunt. Finding time to 
paint is more difficult with Robin a 
freshman in high school and playing 
varsity tennis, but big Robin did paint a 
small portrait of Carter Heyward 
Morris' daughter for Carter's 50th. 
Robin went to Atlanta for a party with 
Carter, Hampton and a date and spent 
a morning painting with Lisa Marshall 
Chalmers. Lisa, Carter and Susan 
Craig joined Robin for a "chatty lunch." 
Last spring, Robin and Susan were 
invited to Cumberland Island by Jane 
McCutcheon McFadden for a joint 50th 
celebration. 

Susan Kirby Peacock wrote with 
the tragic news of the death of her son 



Daniel, age 11. two years ago in a 
boating accident. She writes, "I am 
finally starting to live again." Her 
daughter Marley is 12 years old. Living 
in the woods outside of Tallahassee. 
Susan is an artist and a pharmacist but 
travels each summer. During the sum- 
mer of 2000 they spent a month in 
Italy and Morocco; last summer found 
Susan on the Irish coast for a month 
with rent being one painting! Marley 
and a girlfriend met her in London for 
a two week trip through the Scottish 
highlands including the Edinburgh 
Tattoo and a stay in a castle. Susan is 
getting married in the spring and 
writes, "third time's a charm, I hope." 

Jane Knutson James's son Patrick 
is in his second year at UCLA. Elizabeth 
is a high school senior and plans to go 
to nursing school. Jane is an ESL aide 
at the high school with plans to leave 
when Elizabeth graduates to have more 
time with her church work and garden- 
ing. Michael has changed jobs and is 
working for FoxSports television. They 
are planning a trip to Great Britain in 
September 2002. 

Lucinda Larson Wells lives in 
Milton and I see her on campus 
because her son Andrew is a 6th grad- 
er in Milton Academy's Lower School. 

Linda Lipscomb admits that "turn- 
ing 50 has not been too bad." She 
spent time with Cary Davis in New 
Orleans and saw Gypsie Bear and Tom 
in Atlanta — "a riotous eveing laughing 
about our days in Italy and Boxwood." 

Living in Franktown, VA, Ann Major 
Gibb continues to teach computer 
classes. Emily graduated from UVA in 
May and has moved to Richmond. 
David is in his second year at UVA in 
engineering and loves managing the 
basketball team there. Ann keeps in 
touch with Anne Billings McDougall 
and Diane Dale Reiling 

Lisa Marshall Chalmers writes 
that her painting business (portraits, 
not houses) is great. Marshall is a jun- 
ior in the Foundation Fellow program at 
Georgia and travels around the 
world — Cuba. Ireland, Avignon and 
Greece. Elizabeth is a junior at 
Westminster and starting to think 
about colleges. David has his own 
small real-estate company. Rachel 
Mays Fitzgerald keeps busy with her 
church work and taking care of her five 
grandsons (!). Her youngest daughter 
Carla graduated from Sweet Briar last 
year and is teaching 3rd grade at 
Temperance Elementary. Her son 
Morgan attends preschool. 

Jane McCutcheon McFadden sent 
a delightful picture of a class gathering 
at her house in Charleston — Jane 
McFaddin, Robin Harmon O'Neil, 
Jane Potts, Susan Craig, Mac 
Cuthbert Langley and herself They all 
make being 50 look fabulous. Jane's 
son Barclay IV is working in Salt Lake 
City and her two younger sons are at 
Taft and Trinity. 

Betsie Meric Gambel spent her 
50th birthday in Florence and Rome. 



Her son Gregory will be married in 
August, 2002 after graduating from 
Villanova Law School in May. Meric is 
a sophomore at Clemson. Betsie is in 
her fifth year as V.P. of Public Relations 
and Corporate Development at Logan 
Marketing in New Orleans. She contin- 
ues doing non-profit work with spon- 
sorships and cause marketing. Betsie 
spoke of Lisa Fowler Winslow's visit 
and her plan to see Jane McFaddin 
Bryan and Charlie at Clemson's 
Homecoming weekend in October. 
Betsie keeps in touch with Dessa 
Rutter and Lisa Slatten 

Sara Meyerdierks Hillgrove wrote, 
as many of you did, of how the tragedy 
of September 11th had put so much 
into perspective. She wrote a poem 
about this that was published in the 
Richmond. VA paper. She and her hus- 
band have a successful new interna- 
tional ice rink management company 
whose newest client is "the Donald" 
(they run the Central Park rinks for 
him). Sara started teaching 
Professional Communications at the 
Univ. of Richmond and writes that "my 
respect for teachers has increased 
tremendously." Her oldest child is plan- 
ning a 2002 wedding and the other 
children are 9 and 12 years old and 
Sara comments that, "As I get older 
and crankier and less able to cope, 
they get closer to teenager-hood. Will 
be interesting to see who survives ..." 

Laurie Norris wrote that she had a 
wonderful visit with Ginger Woodward 
Gast in September when Laurie 
brought her daughter Stephanie to 
Washington, D.C. for her internship. 
Cynthia, the younger child, began col- 
lege this fall and Laurie says that "it's 
not all bad" being alone in the house. 

Jane Olmstead Murphy writes with 
the deeply sad news that her husband 
Paul died on May 25th after a two-year 
battle against leukemia. He had under- 
gone a stem cell transplant in March 
but the leukemia returned. She adds, 
"It's so hard to lose him — we married 
a month after I graduated from col- 
lege — we were complete soulmates." I 
know that our class sends collective 
condolences to Jane and her children. 
Peter is a third year law student at UGA 
and will be working for an Atlanta firm. 
Moira is a sophomore at UNC Chapel 
Hill where she is on the golf team. 

Jean Piatt Spencer has cut down 
on her teaching golf to have more time 
for herself. Her oldest daughter 
Jessica, 20, was married on August 
4th in Charlottesville to Vincent Pace, a 
fellow student at Radford Univ. They 
are living in Scottsville, VA. Currently 
enrolled at Piedmont College. Jessica 
hopes to transfer to UVA to finish her 
Ed/Special Ed degree. Katie, 18, is in 
her first year at Clark Univ. in 
Worcester, MA majoring in engineer- 
ing. Jean made the difficult decision to 
sell her grandparents' property — a 7 
bedroom farmhouse with 7 1/2 acres 
which was taxing— both literally as 
well as in time. 



Kathy Pretzfelder Steele and Dave 
are victims of empty-nest syndrome. 
Tracy is a senior business major at 
Univ. of Notre Dame and plans to 
attend law school next year. Kelly is a 
first year student at Fairfield Univ (CT) 
majoring in marine biology and on 
their varsity swim team (the major cer- 
tainly makes sense!). 

Nan Robertson Clarke reports that 
Hal is a lawyer at Wachovia following 
the merger with First Union. Their old- 
est, Boo, graduated from Dartmouth 
and is working for their Sports 
Information Office before becoming a 
teacher. Toby is a sophomore at 
Princeton, Charlie a first year student 
at W & L. Nan writes that he "talks 
about going to parties in the same frat 
basements I did ... I have not shared 
that with him, as it would ruin it for 
sure." Robbie is a high school senior, 
plays soccer and lacrosse and is busy 
with college applications. Nan assumes 
that this will be her last year as a full- 
time volunteer and notes that it is odd 
to be applying for jobs the same year 
that AARP is sending her material! She 
adds that it "makes you feel like you 
are moving in the wrong direction!" 

Scottie Robinson (or Marcy as she 
is called now) is living happily in 
Barringon, NH with her husband and 9 
year old daughter. Scottie has been 
writing children's books for a time and 
"is thrilled to report that one of my pic- 
ture books entitled 'Ada's Bells' is to be 
published in the fall of 2002." 

Sad news from Carol Stewart 
Harper in Virginia Beach who learned 
in September that her cancer had 
returned. 

Patricia Wood Wingfield and Greg 
live in Richmond where Greg is presi- 
dent of Greater Richmond Partnership 
and Patricia is a performance analyst at 
Bank of America. Hall is 16 and a jun- 
ior at Collegiate School; Caitlin is 13. 

And I. Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin, 
continue to enjoy my job as Assistant 
Dean of Students at Milton Academy. 
Working with high school students 
makes me laugh every day and, sur- 
prisingly, the discipline cases fascinate 
me. Alexa is working for Americorp in 
Silver Bay, NY on Lake George; Blake 
graduated from Yale in May (summa 
cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA 
and Masters Degree) and is at Clare 
College at Cambridge (England) on a 2 
year fellowship. Christopher is loving 
his second year at Cornell and is on 
the sguash team. Bob retired from 
teaching at Milton to run his business, 
Whereyouheaded.com, working with 
students who want a year off and col- 
lege students who hope to transfer. He 
is also doing independent college 
counseling. Life for me at 50 is a 
delight and September 1 1th helps me 
appreciate each day in new ways. Eight 
years ago I started donating platelets 
for a colleague with cancer who need- 
ed regular donor platelets for some 
time. It has become a regular part of 
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brings my total to 128 donations. I 
would urge all of you to consider this 
for it truly is a gift of life. 

For the past year, Alison Baker has 
worked as the corporate Director of 
Marketing for CaraVita. The company 
owns, manages and leases independ- 
ent and assisted living communities for 
seniors, primarily in the southeast. Her 
oldest son Dylan is 16 and is thinking 
about the Naval Academy. Her younger 
son Jesse. 12, is away for 5 months 
acting in a regional production of 
"Peter Pan" in Memphis through 
January. Her husband Gary works with 
black and white portrait photography 
and photography for advertising. He is 
currently putting together a one-man 
portrait show called "Portrait of 
Senoia." Senoia is their town outside of 
Atlanta where they have lived since 
1988. 

Anne Billings McDougall's daugh- 
ter Maggie is a sophomore at 
Davidson. She sings in an a capella 
group called the Delilahs and is major- 
ing in English. Jim is a high school 
junior whose passion is lacrosse. He 
attended a summer lacrosse camp at 
W & L last summer and Anne loved 
driving through Virginia for the first 
time in years. Jim in interested in UVA 
and UNC. Ed started his own consult- 
ing business last year which is going 
well. He is also doing some teaching at 
the Univ. of Florida. Anne is working on 
several projects and making decisions 
on what direction her life will take next. 

Debbie Pollock Arce's family has 
had a rough year healthwise. Her Dad 
is on full-time dialysis but remains 
"sharp as a tack." Debbie's husband 
Roger had a mild heart attack in June 
of 2001 . Cory, 1 6 y.o. in October, is an 
accomplished pianist and composes 
and arranges music. She hoped to get 
her license just after Debbie wrote. 
Ross, 14, is the athlete and, having 
dislocated his shoulder for the second 
time playing football, was having sur- 
gery in early November. Although he 
will miss basketball season, he hopes 
to be ready for baseball season. Reed, 
1 1 , still thinks that his Mom has "rea- 
sonably good ideas and is willing to do 
most of what I ask him to... Too bad 
that will disappear in a few years." 
Roger gave Debbie a great 50th birth- 
day party and she writes that "all of the 
events of the past year made turning 
50 a walk in the park." 

Renee Sterling is the Second Vice 
President at Salomon Smith Barney 
working as an investment counselor 
and guided portfolio manager. She 
hopes to be skiing in Andorra in 
January and in Aspen in February. 
Renee talks with Jean Piatt Spencer 
and Anya Starosolska'74. 

From Omaha, NE. Cindy Bekins 
Anderson reports that as "older par- 
ents of younger children," she is 
involved in soccer, baseball, student 
council and dance recitals. "What we 
don't have in energy we have made up 
for in perspective!" 

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1976 



Co-Presidents: Peggy Weimer 

Parrish, Carrington Brown Wise 
Secretary: Cheryl Lux 
Fund Agent: Sally Old Kitchin 

Class reunions are definitely worth 
the effort. Our 25th was my first time 
back at SBC. and upon arriving and 
brushing away those "deja vu" feel- 
ings — where did those 29 years go? — 
it was worth my last-minute decision 
to attend. More than 52 of the Class of 
76 were able to make it, along with 
some lucky husbands and children, 
many of us housed in great old 
Randolph dorm. We have matured into 
admirable women encompassing a rich 
variety of work and devotion to our 
families and communities. We have 
much to offer each other in the way of 
friendships and support. We can still 
party down hard, and damn but we 
look fine! 

We raised $121 ,875 for our 25th 
Reunion gift to SBC with 49% class 
participation. Many thanks to all who 
contributed to the future of Sweet 
Briar. Special thanks and congratula- 
tions to our former president, 
Tennessee Nielsen, and to her Fund 
Committee of Cissy Humphrey, Gail 
Ann Zarwell. and Janet Durham Sam, 
Lochrane Coleman Smith, and former 
Secretary Debbie Mutch Olander for 
their time, commitment, and organiza- 
tional skills. There would not have been 
a 25th Reunion except for their exten- 
sive work. Congratulations to our new 
class officers, co-presidents Peggy 
Weimer Parrish and Carrington Brown 
Wise, and to our new Boxwood Circle 
Fund Agent, Sally Old Kitchin 

Our solicitation for class notes was 
mailed out on that unsuspecting and 
fateful day of September 11th. Our 
class's overwhelming response is to 
first extend our condolences for those 
among us who have lost loved ones 
and neighbors, coupled with determi- 
nation that we will not allow these 
malicious tragedies to change us as a 
liberty-loving people in pursuit of life 
and happiness, but instead deepen our 
faith in God. 

Carrington Brown Wise in 
Richmond, VA truly enioys teaching 
music to 5-8 year olds at St. 
Christopher's School. Her husband, 
Alex, is the president of the Tredegar 
National Civil War Center Foundation, a 
project whose purpose is to tell the 
whole story of the Civil War from the 
Union, Confederate, and African- 
American perspectives, the museum 
opening in 2003. Child news — Henry, 
19, is at VMI, Anne Churchman, 17, is 
applying to SBC. and Elizabeth, 13. and 
Margaret, 10, are fine. Carrington men- 
tions that if Annie goes to SBC, she 
would graduate the spring of our 30th 
Reunion 

Melanie Holland Rice in VA Beach 
sends greetings. Her daughter 
Carrington is a junior at Wake Forest. 
Son Tripp, now a high school senior, 



and Melanie are busy making college 
rounds. 

Melanie Coyne Cody in Winnetka. 
IL is blessed with the same husband, 
kids. job. and house. Daughter Caitlin 
began freshman year at Kenyon. Sarah, 
15 is at North Shore Country Day 
School, and the family took time off for 
vacations in Utah and Green Lake, Wl. 
She mentions the benefits of daily run- 
ning and says she's "more fit than I've 
ever been in my life." 

Meg Shields Duke, is the proud 
Middlebury mom — son Jamie is a 
freshman there and a noted lacrosse 
player. She keeps more than busy not 
only with family activities, but spear- 
heading the SBC alum organization in 
Denver, and organizing the reception 
for President Muhlenfeld. She plans to 
attend Spring Board Meetings at SBC 
in April, and had a terrific time at 
Reunion. 

Ann Kiley Crenshaw writes from 
the Winchester, VA area. Son Clarke, jr. 
is a senior at Woodberry Forest, is 
active in sports, and beginning that 
college process. Other son Gordon 
plays soccer, and between their activi- 
ties and work, Ann "killed off a Volvo" 
in just over a couple of years. She 
practices law, specializes in trial work, 
and she and her family did manage to 
get away to Paris this summer for a 
vacation to join son Clarke. She also 
attended her first Reunion, and would 
like to keep in touch with people. 

Marsha Taylor Horton is an educa- 
tional consultant while serving as an 
adjunct at Delaware St. University and 
Wesleyan College. She and her hus- 
band Robert are the proud parents of 2 
yr. old ("talking up a storm") Samuel 
James. She remains active in SBC 
affairs, recently seeing Bertie Zotack 
(Marsha says she's still the same) and 
Becky Dane 78. 

Ainslie Jones Uhl, Raleigh. NC, 
writes that her family has been very 
fortunate that her husband Robert, fly- 
ing from Boston to NYC that morning, 
was not part of that too-close tragedy. 
Her children, Colbern, 13, Hart, 13, 
Everett. 10. and Henry, 6 are great kids 
and excellent students. She is too busy 
with community projects and renovat- 
ing the house. She sold some of her 
first art show entries, black & white 
photographs, and now is working on 
pieces for a show in spring 2002. 

Carol Wilkinson Lee writes from 
Anchorage of her promotion to 
Petroleum Land Manager for the State 
of Alaska. Her husband. Gordy. 
changed jobs and works out of a home 
office as a food broker. They have also 
undergone the house renovation blues, 
"beginning to think of their contractor 
as a member of the family." In January 
2002 they are planning 3 weeks in 
Costa Rica. 

Mary Woodford enioys finishing 
the last major project on the house, 
and contemplating the challenges of 
gardening after "apartment living most 
of my life." She enjoys work, and 



played in her first business develop- 
ment golf outing ("I NEVER thought I'd 
do that"). She and husband Jim Leslie 
are getting used to being empty 
nesters after Jim's youngest daughter. 
Hannah, has gone off to Stanford. 

Debbie Mutch Olander manages to 
work on full coursework for two 
advanced degrees, one in music, the 
other in literature, and also teach 
music and writing at FL State in 
Tallahassee. Her vacations consist of 
her travels to SBC for Reunion and Fall 
Council, but she remains enthusiastic 
about the fullness of her schedule, and 
feels "honored to have served as class 
secretary for the past five years." 

Norris Judd Fergeson and family 
now live in the Corpus Christi area. 
They like living in a smaller town, 
although Norris "shuttles back and 
forth to Houston to take care of her art 
collectors and to do appraisals hec- 
tic but fun." Husband Grant tries to sail 
as often as he can, but is very busy at 
EOG. and the girls are enjoying their 
new schools. She keeps in touch with 
Lynn Kahler Rogerson. 

Kate Kelly Smith, living in NYC 
and traveling all over the country, is 
now publisher of Child Magazine. She 
keeps in touch with and sees Treacy 
Markey Shaw and Janet Grainger 
Thompson and Tricia Cassidy Higgins 
She mentioned that Reunion was 
tremendous, and a great time for us all 
to catch up. 

Karina Schless, Phoemxville. PA 
works for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as 
"Sr. HR Consultant" and has been with 
Wyeth for 20 years. She rides daily, 
has a Percheron, and will be judging at 
the Radnor International Horse Show 
in October 2001. She vacationed in 
Banff. Alberta, Canada, doing multi- 
sports, including walking on a glacier 
with crampons ("fun but strenuous"). 

Karen Adelson Strauss, Winnetka. 
IL. has an oldest son going on the col- 
lege quest, looking at the New England 
area, and likes cross country skiing. 
The oldest daughter just got her first 
horse, a former racer trained into a 
hunter/jumper, and the youngest 
daughter is into violin and soccer. 
Karen wishes she could have made it 
to Reunion, and keeps up with various 
SBC classmates. 

Demi Bowles Lathrop lives in San 
Francisco with her husband Tom and 
their busy, active family of Henry, 17, 
who graduates from Cate School in 
Santa Barbara and is seeking out col- 
leges, and 13 year old Nellie now in 8th 
grade. They are all happy and well and 
would love to have some SBC visitors. 

Sally Old Kitchin, mother of our 
class's first SBC daughter, Mariah, 
writes from VA Beach that she enjoyed 
Reunion, that WE ARE THE BEST 
CLASS, so of course we won the Party 
Award, and that she saw Lochrane 
Coleman Smith, Cissy Humphrey, 
Carrington Wise Brown, and Debbie 
Mutch Olander at Fall Council, and it 
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to Monument Hill. 

Catherine Adams Goshorn, who 

writes from the always-serene sound- 
ing "The Plains," VA, told of the torna- 
do hitting her area and taking out the 
front porch, columns, "& lots of trees" 
from her parents' place. Everyone was 
fine and all is being fixed. She and her 
husband have a heating/cooling busi- 
ness, and welcomed her husband's 
first grandson into the family, born in 
KY and somewhat pre-empting our 
Reunion as a travel priority. 
Congratulations! 

Trie ia Cassidy Higgins writes of 
momentous changes — she married the 
fortunate Harold O'Callaghan Sept. 1st, 
and is now living in Bedford Hills, NY, 
She and son Timothy, 17. are adjusting 
to the move. Tricia has taken up golf, is 
college-hunting with Tim, and will be 
spending summers in Nantucket. 

Robin Imschweiler of Chatham, NY 
says that her passion is ballroom danc- 
ing. She is teaching it and looking for a 
partner with whom she can enter com- 
petitions. She also continues to teach 
riding, and trains horses. She mentions 
her address will be changing to else- 
where in the Albany, NY area soon. 

Phyllis Schulman Bell and her 
husband, Gene, live in "sunny and hot" 
Winter Haven, FL, where he works for 
the USDA and Phyllis enjoys domestic 
goddess-hood, and has inherited 2 cats 
and 2 dogs. 

Shellon Caldwell is still in the NC 
Tri-cities area, and after 12 years with 
Roche Pharmaceuticals, is now self- 
employed and in her 5th year owning a 
herbal store. She educates physicians 
about herbal treatment and is studying 
to become a medical intuitive. 

Sharon Ruvane also writes of 
changes — she has moved to Avon, CT 
after 17 years in VT. Both children are 
at school in CT: Gretchen is a senior at 
Choate Rosemary, and son Harry is a 
freshman at Avon Old Farms. She 
attended her 25th reunion at Rollins 
College in FL, with Leslie Fisher Sims 
who related that their SBC year was 
great, but they both needed more sun- 
shine. 

Beth Freeman Roper lives in 
Atlanta and has her own business in 
Educational Remediation and consult- 
ing. Daughter Ginny attends North 
Atlanta HS-Performing Arts Magnet 
School. Beth sends special greetings to 
Peach and Stephanie. 

Gina Spangler Polley, David, and 
son Frank. 14, live in Lookout Mtn, TN, 
where they spent the summer showing 
horses. They also bought a 90 yr.old 
house "on a whim" at auction and are 
now occupied full-time renovating it 
before they can actually move in. They 
also welcomed David's first grandchild 
this year in April — another congratula- 
tions! — and hope to travel in France 
this coming spring 2002. 

Ann Works Balderston. husband 
Biv, and 4 children are in Pittsford. NY. 
where she is VP of the Board of 
Trustees at Allendale Columbia School 



where the three youngest children, 
Sarah, Maggie, and John are in grades 
10, 7, and 4. Son Bill is now at Ohio 
Wesleyan. They've visited their ranch 
near Moose. WY, and went to a family 
reunion in the BVI. They are busy rais- 
ing relief funds for the victims of the 
Sept. 11th events. 

Liz Farmer Jarvis in Philadelphia 
writes that all is well with her husband 
Andrew and family, but she is recuper- 
ating from misdiagnosed stress frac- 
ture, complete with cast, and is still a 
museum consultant. She hopes to 
write a pictorial history of 
Philadelphia's historic Chestnut Hill 
section. Liz has seen lots of class- 
mates: Lisa Schubert in NYC, project 
director for the new Tibetan museum 
of art & philosophy; Jill Wentorf 
Wright who received her master's in 
Landscape Design; and Holly Weaver 
who is an accountant for an Atlanta 
construction firm. 

Pam McDonnell Hindsley and hus- 
band, Payne, in Baltimore, are the par- 
ents of a W&L daughter, where the 
women now outnumber the men at 
51%. Younger daughter Charlotte is 
just beginning her college search. Pam 
continues working in their family busi- 
ness, is involved in her high school's 
centennial celebrations, and after trav- 
els to Montreal and NYC just prior to 
Sept. 11th, stresses our need to "keep 
going forward." 

Sally Berriman and husband. Steve 
Brown of Denver visited us over Labor 
Day weekend — their first trip to see us. 
Sally walked away with the largest 
German brown trout ever taken out of 
our rocky little creek — 21 inches and 3 
lbs. 12 oz. taken with grasshopper bait. 
After shooting a roll of film recording 
the trophy, we settled down to a barbe- 
cued trout dinner. Sally remains very 
active in fund-raising for the American 
Cancer Soc. in Denver, and Steve is an 
electrical engineer for Qwest. They 
enjoy attending the Scottish clan festiv- 
ities in their area. 

Cheryl Lux enioys hearing from 
each one of you, and serving as the 
new class secretary. If you've heard me 
tout "Reunion" ad nauseum, it's 
because it far exceeded any expecta- 
tions. We are such an interesting batch 
of ladies. I didn't get to bed until 5:30 
and 2:30 a.m. We've earned our laugh 
lines and wrinkles. Some of us sound 
apologetic about the "same old, same 
old" jobs, addresses, etc., but to me it 
sounds like contented stability, which 
is the bedrock of a soundly functioning 
society. I won't bore you with the 
Northern Rockies Livestock Report, but 
except for severe extended drought, 
forest fires, and illnesses among our 
grandma/grandpa generation, (which in 
ranching means our business part- 
ners), things continue along quietly for 
us. As many of us have already 
expressed, I feel blessed with life, my 
husband and children, and am grateful 
to live where I do and enjoy my career. 
Keep in touch, and we welcome any 



SBC visitors at the Cobb Charolais 
Ranch near Augusta, Montana. 



1979 



President: Susan Anthony Lineberry 
Secretary: Graham Maxwell Russell 
Fund Agent: Cynthia "Cindi" Little 
Townsend 

You are fantastic! Forty-three of 
you wrote, called or e-mailed. The best 
response in recent memory! The 
resounding chorus of most of the mail 
was "looking forward to seeing every- 
one at reunion" and "I would love to 
hear from my SBC friends." Please do 
both. Get in touch with your friends. 
The horrific events of September 11th 
gave us great pause and a reminder 
that life is really way too short and it is 
important to keep your friends close. 
As for reunion, please plan on coming. 
We had a great time at the 20th and it 
can only be even better at the 25th 
with all of us there. 

A brief snapshot of who we are in 
2001: 

We own businesses, work as 
lawyers, teachers, horse trainers, for 
profit and non-profit professionals; we 
play soccer, golf and tennis; live in 15 
states and 3 foreign countries; raise 
vast numbers of children as both mar- 
ried and single parents, volunteer 
countless hours at school and church; 
we paint, weld and design jewelry. We 
are an exceptional group of women! 

Page Breakell Beeler writes that 
you can purchase her husband Ben's 
recently published book Shields of 
Deception on line with Barnes and 
Noble. She stays busy with 3 kids in 
school, volunteering and playing ten- 
nis. 

Susan Lord Searles is working 
part time with the FAA, which allows 
her to work from home and spend time 
with her boys Robbie (15) and Josh 
(3)- 

Beth Bogdan Tetrault, mother of 
Ben (7). works in Richmond as a 
Program Coordinator with Henrico 
Area MH/MR Services. 

"News" from Wendy Worthen 
Elliott brings that of new baby Emily 
and renovation of an old home. She is 
in Columbus, Georgia working in com- 
mercial real estate for a local developer. 

Kathryn Leonard DeWitts five (!) 
children are: Rachael. Nathan (16), 
Rebekah (13). Sarah and Joyce (6). An 
A student, computer expert, musician, 
soccer player and active red-head 
respectively, keep her and her hus- 
band, a software engineer, busy run- 
ning in mini marathons and over-30 
soccer games. 

Sherri Manson is back in 
Philadelphia and suggests going to her 
business web site www.shoDufc.com 
to see what she has been up to. 

Mary Cowell Sharpe sends greet- 
ings from Nantucket where she is liv- 
ing year-round with her Las Vegas-wed 
husband David (Harriett Whittaker 
O'Neil attended the nuptials) and is 



pursuing writing and a consulting busi- 
ness. 

Amy Smith Pike works as the 
Marketing Director for Groom Law 
Group, the nation's largest employee 
benefits law firm, when she is not ren- 
ovating their house. She and husband 
Steve, who is a Lt. with the law 
enforcement division of the Department 
of Game and Inland Fisheries, designed 
a collector's edition hunting button 
reminiscent of those produced in the 
40's and 50s 

Boston, MA brings news of Betsy 
Byrne Utterback who is job hunting, 
traveling and spending time in a new 
house in NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. 
Son James (19) is at Colby College in 
Maine, Chris is a junior at The 
Pennington School and Jenny is in 
Boston at Beaver Country Day. 

Pam Ramsdell Mitchell teaches 
preschool in Tallahassee and spends 
the afternoons chauffeuring Elsbeth (a 
National Merit semi-finalist), Barclay, 
Tucker and Carson to soccer and 
swimming. 

Aimee Kass is "house counsel" for 
the group SAVE WEVD in NY prevent- 
ing the sale of the oldest station in 
New York to Disney/ESPN. When she is 
not legal wrangling she is tutoring sec- 
ondary level academics and SAT's. 

Alabama brings news of Tucker 
McGowan Slaughter who began the 
UAB Canine Ambassador Program at 
UAB hospital where she is the Patient 
Representative. She was in Maine this 
summer with Lynne Einsel and last 
February went with Lynne and Caroline 
Curme Angelica to the Westminster 
Dog Show. 

Alison Mitchell is in Atlanta pursu- 
ing a non-Nursing Oncology job and 
while doing so is volunteering for the 
Meals on Wheels program at her 
church. 

Anne Garrity Spees continues to 
kick up her heels in Northern VA but 
doesn't let that interfere with car-pool, 
kids sports and playing A LOT of ten- 
nis. 

Sarah Skaggs writes of a very busy 
year for her dance company, which had 
big shows with great press. She mod- 
estly omitted that she was profiled in 
the New York Times this summer! Jane 
Hemenway 78 and Francie Root '80 
are two of her board members and she 
is the godmother of Mary Gearhart's 
78 son Jacob. She stays in touch with 
her young SBC interns who have 
moved to NYC, Jill Meadows '97 and 
Amy Sherman '01. She was in Amherst 
County this summer with Jeannete 
Rowe where they attended Ella Hansen 
Sr.'s memorial service. 

Patti Snowden Cloetingh lives in 
Honey Brook, PA where she and hus- 
band David celebrated their 21st wed- 
ding anniversary. As an at-home mom 
she stays involved with the school, 
sports and church activities of her 
three children Caroline (12). Tyler (11) 
and Brett (8). She stays in touch with 
Clara Jackman Garbett who is in 



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Virginia. 

Holly Butler Pralher reports that 
the summer was grand, for she and 
children Kelly (12) and Drew (10) 
spent a month in London and Paris. 

Rome, Georgia is the home to 
Prudence Saunders Pitcock who lives 
on a 33-acre farm with her husband, 
sons George (3) and Justin (12), a 
pregnant mare due to foal in April, her 
two horses and 10 four-legged board- 
ers. 

While on the subject of 
horses Karen Jaffa McGoldrick has 
her dressage horse that she trained 
from a foal, successfully competing 
Grand Prix. She and Lawrence are ren- 
ovating a house in Alpharetta, GA, 
adding a barn, full sized covered dres- 
sage area with mirrors and turn out 
paddocks. They also have a small pond 
stocked with bass and brim. 

Robbie McBride Bingham also has 
horse news of Patrick (husband not 
horse) receiving his training license 
and with an older horse they bought 
had a win at Sunland Park and a stakes 
place at Albuquerque Downs. They now 
have four horses that keep company 
with Sam (kindergarten) and William 
(pre-school). She just finished her sec- 
ond year at the Farmer's Market as a 
grower. 

There may be another SBC alum in 
Janet Baldwin McColloch's family. 
Daughter Anne Lindsey (15) is interest- 
ed in attending SBC. Catherine is 12 
and Michael is 10. She went to Mike's 
25th reunion at W&L and ran into 
Susan Lord Searles who is also mar- 
ried to a 76 graduate. 

Annette Teng Cheung moved back 
to CA in July after spending 5 years in 
Hong Kong. Her daughter (14) and son 
(7) were initially hesitant about leaving 
their friends but have quickly begun to 
enjoy life in CA. 

Ashley Wilson Brook writes glow- 
ingly of life in Raleigh, NC where she 
teaches twenty 2 and 3 year olds at an 
Episcopal day school — on separate 
days of course! Mary Grayson (8 1/2) 
plays the violin with the Raleigh Youth 
Symphony Orchestra. Last year, 
Sterrett (5 1/2) was diagnosed with 
high-functioning autism and after a dif- 
ficult year of adjustment for all. he 
loves building things, is very smart 
with extremely esoteric interests! His 
speech is exploding and Ashley says 
life is never dull. 

Would you ever imagine Katie 
Ewald Adams as a winter carriage and 
sleigh driver? In Dorset, VT Katie has 
sold her radio stations, bought a horse 
farm, is riding horses and is starting a 
licensing company with her boyfriend 
Chris to work on products for a group 
of southwest artists called "The Other 
Side of the West." 

Becky Trulove Symons has all her 
family in Winston Salem now that her 
sister has moved from New York and 
they celebrated her grandmother's 100 
birthday in August. Prior to that she, 
Don and the girls went to Alaska with 



her parents where they celebrated her 
birthday in Anchorage, which was her 
birthplace. 

Word comes from Jenny Kelsey 
Breining that she is swamped with vol- 
unteer work trying to figure out how to 
turn that into some kind of paying job. 
Kelsey is 15, Peter is in 7th grade and 
Tory is in 4th grade. She frequently 
talks to Joanie Dearborn Choremi and 
Mimi Walsh Doe '80. 

Sally Ann Sells Bensur is in 
Pittsburgh working at Mellon Financial 
Bank. Her children Holly (9) and Will 
(7) are involved in loads of school 
activities and sports and Bill does 
investment counseling for institutional 
pension clients. She sees Blythe 
Steere Bailey when she comes from 
Minneapolis to visit her family. 

Susan Andrews Creuss writes the 
very sad news that 2 of her MBA class- 
mates were killed as a result of the 
tragic events of September 11th. She, 
Leigh, Jim (15) and Andrew (12) live in 
Calgary where she is involved with her 
children's school, the Junior League 
and the Mewcomers Club. Andrew's 
school is very involved with a lap top 
computer program and Jim is partici- 
pating in an outdoor education course, 
which includes a 40 km hike, and 
camping in snow caves. 

Susan Owen is living in Boone, NC 
with her daughters Allie (16) and Burtie 
(7). She is a full time organic grower 
and was recognized this year as run- 
ner-up for "Small farmer of the year" 
for the state of NC. They have a big 
barn and welding shop where she con- 
tinues to make metal sculpture. Her 
"Lilly Patch Farm" has 3 greenhouses, 
80 chickens, fields of cut flowers and 
broccoli. It has been named in a grant 
from the Golden Leaf program to raise 
organic Broccoli seedlings for farmers 
to grow as an alternative to tobacco. If 
you happen to read a farm tour 
brochure, keep an eye out for her farm. 

Leslie "Pete" Forbert Miller is 
Regional Director of Marketing for 
Guests, Inc., a hotel management com- 
pany. The company owns the Comfort 
Inn in Lynchburg — she says call her 
for rooms next reunion. Her husband 
Jess had 5 by passes in the fall and is 
recovering nicely, daughter Vicky is 
(17) and Taylor (11) hung up his 
Halloween costume for the last time. 

Nancy White writes from NYC that 
she owns her own business working as 
an advertising representative for three 
magazines and works out of her apart- 
ment. When she and her boyfriend 
weren't sailing their boat to Nantucket 
(where they saw Marianne Hutton 
Felch) they went to Alumnae College at 
SBC. A "significant other" first! 

Amy Basten Heppner, Chris and 
Lynch (5) live in Lynchburg were she 
works part time in Human resources 
for GE Financial Assurance as a con- 
sultant providing coaching and training 
for leadership development. 

The City of Newport News hosted 
the AAU Junior Olympic Games for 



15.000 athletes with Susan Anthony 
Lineberry as sports coordinator. She is 
the shortest one in the house as her 4 
boys Cole (18). Mark and Patrick (15) 
and Kevin (13) grow taller and eat like 
lumberjacks. She and Neal spent their 
20th anniversary in Cancun in May. 

Saralee Cowles Boteler has 
moved from San Antonio. TX back to 
Washington where she and George are 
restoring a 150-year-old house. She is 
a partner with Fleishman-Hillard 
Communications, while still working as 
a spokesperson in the Federal Affairs 
office for SBC Communications. 

Judy Williams Carpenter has been 
the alumnae director at St. Catherine's 
School for 1 1 years but took off some 
time to spend part of the summer in 
Maine with Ray and Melinda (12) and 
Hunter (16) who are involved with 
cross-country, wrestling and Cotillion. 

Italy brings news of Connor Kelly 
Harvey and Laura Evans Connor's 
family recently visited them in Sicily 
well after the eruption of Mt. Etna, 
which sits above their village of 
Trecastagni. She spent a good deal of 
time in the states this summer where 
she attended a La Leche conference 
and yoga classes. She reports that the 
military base where her husband works 
has been on high alert since the events 
of September 11 and relished the visit 
from her family. I can report first-hand 
that Laura lives in the most spectacular 
house in the Umbrian hills and she and 
her dog Ellie Mae hop in their Gator 
and tour her property from end to end 
inspecting olive trees and vineyards. 
Although far from home, she is sur- 
rounded by wonderful friends and 
extended family and throws killer par- 
ties to prove it! 

Day Pritchartt Dodson graduated 
from seminary three years ago and is 
loving her work as Director of 
Children's and Youth Ministries at St. 
Alban's Episcopal church in 
Washington. DC. Carl is a banker and 
Katherine (16), Elizabeth (13) and Mary 
Louise (10) not only populate her 
youth groups and church school but 
keep her young at heart. 

Vicki Wingate Wilkes was married 
to the Reverend Craig Wilkes last 
March. He is with Mission to the World 
(Presbyterian Church in America) and 
they are living in Columbia South 
Carolina. 

Amanda Steel Rich lives in 
Warren. Rl with her daughter Sarah 
(10). Her 2 favorite things are design- 
ing jewelry (she has an MFA in Jewelry 
Design) and being a mom but she has 
recently added another. She serves on 
the Board of SBC Friends of Art where 
she heads the Development 
Committee. I too serve on this board 
as a member of Amanda's committee 
and we spent a full weekend in NYC in 
November selecting works to add to 
the college's collection. 

I am still with the Norton Museum 
of Art as Director of Membership and 
Annual Giving. Serious empty-nest set 



in with the departure of Max (16) to St. 
Paul's School and Alex (19) is at Ohio 
Wesleyan University. Several months 
later we have recovered however, and 
are now quite enjoying the time spent 
on non-kid things! Thanks again for 
your great response — keep it up! 



1982 



Presidents: Heather Pirnie Albert, 

Diane Dunaway 
Secretary: Beth Sheets Reed 
Fund Agents: Ann Morton Young 

Habliston 
Carol Searles Bohrer 

Here are our notes; 9 to 10 pages 
in from the back of the magazine, how 
can that be? Only yesterday we were at 
the back, so easy to turn right to the 
very important news of the very impor- 
tant class of 1982! And here it is - 

Starting with a message from one 
of our class pres.. Heather Pirnie 
Albert, who encourages everyone in 
the class to give a special contribution 
this year to the school that helped us 
get where we are now and to come 
back for our reunion. Heather. Michael 
and daughters. Rebecca and 
Samantha, were busy last year with 
college hunting for Rebecca. 
Samantha. 6th grade, didn't think 
much of these trips. 

Rachel Millrood Perlman is living 
in Bala Cynwyd. PA outside 
Philadelphia, with her husband David 
and their three children, daughter 
Sophia 12 and twin sons Jonathan and 
Morgan 5. Rachel is a bond trader in 
the fixed income area of Boenning and 
Scattergood. 

Ethel Burwell Dowling and family 
have moved to Statesville, NC where 
husband Ben is the pastor of Pressly 
Memorial ARP Church. With Peter 
enjoying Kindergarten and Betsy in 
pre-school 2 mornings a week, Ethel is 
able to keep up with the household and 
the 3 dogs. 

Jean von Schrader Bryan, who 
also has 3 dogs, writes that things in 
Ohio are pretty much the same for the 
children; Betsy 10. George 9, and Anne 
8, who are loving life. As for Jean and 
Peter, life's a little more complicated 
with the process of a start-up compa- 
ny. 

Gracie Tredwell Schild writes from 
Bonn. Germany that Christopher 3 is 
now in nursery school and Georg is 
still working in academia. Gracie con- 
tinues to teach English conversation at 
the Univ. Somehow with being a full- 
time mom she's found time to take up 
quilting to add to her other favorite 
activities of knitting and bird watching. 

Patricia Whelan Schenck has 
greatly enjoyed the move to 
Albuquerque, NM where she loves 
teaching HS Spanish. Her family of 7 is 
doing well and loving the west. 

Patsy Griffith Van Etten has moved 
to Leesburg, VA, is selling Andalusian 
horses and is happy to be back in the 
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now in 2nd and 1st grade. 

Claude Becker Wasserstein and 
Bruce are living in London, England. 
Sons. Jack 3 and Dash 2 are keeping 
Claude very busy. She is looking for- 
ward to reading everyone's news. 

Danielle Bielenstein has left the 
Smithsonian after 18 years and is now 
Budget Officer at the Forgarty 
International Center at the National 
Institutes of Health. Mary 'Ande' 
Heckard has had major additions to 
her household this past year, starting 
with the birth of twin boys, Christopher 
and Hugh, in Feb. 2001 and more 
recently the birth of 8 Corgi puppies. 
All this is added to the 6 horses she 
already owns. Danielle is the god- 
mother to her sons. 

Heidi Slavin and Russell were 
married Oct 6, 2001 and after their 
honeymoon cruise through the Panama 
Canal they returned home to 
Philadelphia, PA where Russell is an 
architect and Heidi continues to teach. 
They have enjoyed getting together 
with Francle Mantho Beiliveau, 
Heather Pirn ie Albert. Amoret 
Thissell Jorgensen, and Gigi Harsh 
Mossberg. Deborah Price Bowman is 
happy to report the birth of her 2nd 
child, son Kessler Price Bowman who 
was born 2/01. Deborah has now 
retired from her paying job and is busy 
with family and the volunteer thing. 

Rachel Giles Gronsky is also busy 
with family, Jake 12, Conner 9 and 
Jordan 7, and their activities and vol- 
unteering but they somehow find time 
for camping, boating, hiking and skiing 
in the beautiful Seattle, WA area. 

Charlotte Prassel Fitzgerald is 
keeping busy with a 3-1/2 year old 
even when his sisters (ages 12 and 10) 
are at school. Charlotte and Molly 
Finney Grenn both enjoyed the great 
day they spent together at SBC with 
Marie Engel Earnhart and Nancy 
Daugherty Davidson during the 
Centennial Celebration and are looking 
forward to the 20th reunion, 

Libby Lee Gantt Castles and family 
are doing well. Guy is in a 6 person 
pediatric group, Libby Lee is keeping 
up with the children now all in school, 
Mason 5th grade, Guy 3rd, Mary Etta 
2nd, Gantt, Ray and Clara kindergarten, 
and their many activities. 

Liz Hoskinson is riding her 2 hors- 
es daily and eventing as often as she 
can. She is working at the Croton 
Watershed Clean Water Coalition in 
Bedford, NY, an organization dedicated 
to protecting the watersheds for NYC 
and southern Westchester Co. 

Jennifer Rae is still living in MD 
where she has returned to office 
administration after working in publish- 
ing for 6 years. She and Luigi are plan- 
ning a trip to Italy in the fall. 

Amoret Thissell Jorgensen has left 
Tiffany to devote all her attention to 
husband, Edvard, their baby daughter, 
Helen Dorothea, and their 3 homes. 

Leslie Hertz and Bob Firestone 
were married 10/14/01. Leslie has been 



promoted to Supervisor for Special 
Education for the Cleveland Municipal 
School District. She enjoyed spending 
a day with Dee J Stanhope '81 who 
was in Cleveland for an USO function 
spring '01. 

Patty Snodgrass Borda is being 
kept busy at home with daughter 
Virginia (1) and has discovered that 
parenthood is by far the most grueling, 
yet rewarding job she has had. Like 
many of us, Patty and husband 
Joseph — a reporter with the Loudoun 
Times Mirror — are following the "War 
on Terrorism" as helicopters and 
planes fly over their Northern VA 
home. Patty's brother is a medical 
corpsman in the Navy stationed in 
Bahrain. 

Mary Montelle Monty' Tripp 
Wolfensberger and Don continue to 
enjoy living in Arlington, VA and capitol 
city life. They both left Congress a cou- 
ple of years ago. Don is Director of the 
Congress Project at the Woodrow 
Wilson International Center for 
Scholars, while Monty is a Principal 
and Senior Director at the Wexler 
Group (a top D.C. public affairs firm) 
after selling her lobbying practice. 

Rosemary Hardy is keeping busier 
than ever at work consulting with 
teachers and working with their stu- 
dents that have behavioral challenges. 
She has had a challenging year but 
tries to keep a positive outlook and 
make the most of each day. 

Cathy Adams Miller has changed 
jobs within the same Healthcare 
System and is now the Director of 
Pharmacy for a small free standing 
Behavioral Center in Hampton. VA. 

Monika Kaiser and family have 
stayed close to home this year, missing 
their regular trip to Europe. Instead 
they have been involved with remodel- 
ing their home. Monika keeps busy 
gardening and has now taken up ten- 
nis. She is very proud of her children 
who organized a penny drive at their 
school to help the 9/11 fund and raised 
over $200.00— well done Alexa (11) 
and Julius (6). 

Anne Goebel Bain and Mark 
bought a house in Palo Alto, near 
Stanford, CA, and have been enjoying 
doing some minor improvements. They 
spent Christmas 2001 in North India 
for a colleague's wedding: Anne is still 
with Morgan Stanley. She enjoyed 
catching up with Jennifer Barr '83 last 
year. Leigh Leibel went to an SBC 
party in NYC for students and alumnae 
and commented that it sounds like 
thing are quite different at the old 
patch these days. She's looking for- 
ward to catching up with the class at 
the 20th reunion. 

Rhoda Harris writes: "We missed 
the summer postcard for alum news as 
we were on the other side of the world 
and would appreciate it if you could fit 
this news in... Our family spent the 
entire summer in Singapore as my 
husband Jim now heads the New York 
City research office of the Government 



of Singapore Investment Corporation. 
We traveled with all three boys (ages 
five and under) to Angkor Wat, the 
famous temples in Cambodia. A high- 
light was ascending the temple com- 
plex by elephant! On the homefront, 
the New Jersey SBC Alums are having 
the greatest time and I encourage 
everyone in the state to participate in 
all the upcoming activities. We were all 
captivated by the President's visit last 
week at our fall get-together as she 
updated us on events at SBC. Hope 
you are enjoying the fall scenery in 
Virginia! 

This has been a busy year for the 
Reeds, with a move along the same 
street. I have found that's just as diffi- 
cult as across states, but I now get to 
decorate another house and put my 
plumbing, electrical, painting, papering, 
and tiling skills to work. The children 
grow; I now have a driver, watch out. 
It's been great being class secretary; 
I've enjoyed all the correspondence as 
our notes move closer to the center of 
the Alumnae Magazine each year. Hope 
to see you at the reunion! Has it really 
been 20 years? 



1985 



Co-Presidents: Julie Shields Hickman 

Thompson, 
Barbara Lynn Tragakis Conner 
Secretary: Ginger Ryon Church 
Fund Agent: Kimberly Kay Knox 

Norman 

First of all, I would like to thank all 
of you who responded and those who 
responded again after I lost your file. I 
pray for anyone reading this that you, 
your family, and friends have remained 
safe through these horrible times we 
are all facing around the world. 

By the time you read this we will 
have had some new additions to our 
SBC '85 family to report. 

Cecily Schultz Banks is expecting 
her second baby in December '01. She, 
husband Jonathan and Angus (2) have 
moved to Roxbury. CT. Lewis Lagrone 
Press is expecting her 2nd child in 
December also. She lives in LA with 
husband Evan and their 2-year-old 
daughter. She is the VP of Retail 
Marketing for MGM Home 
Entertainment Catty Hubbard Andry 
Michael and Becker have moved to 
Asheville, NC and are awaiting the 
arrival of a new bundle January '02. 
Julie Hickman Thompson and Dan 
welcomed their first baby, David 
Forrest Thompson, in April '01. Dan is 
doing his Orthopedic Surgery residen- 
cy at Georgetown. She sees Vicki Vidal 
Blum and Dave who also just had their 
first baby, a boy. in June '01 . 

Mary Bliss McGrath had a baby 
this summer also. 

Quite a few of us are keeping up 
with the hectic schedules of our ele- 
mentary school kids. Jeanie Guthans 
Wilkins and Richard have enjoyed trav- 
eling with their children Richard (12), 
Christopher (8). and Michael (5). They 



were lucky to be able to observe the 
Space Shuttle launch. Cheryl Fortin 
Young stays busy with her kids. Tate 
(5th), Timothy (1st) and Kayla (4 yr. 
preschool) and still has time to enjoy 
some tennis and Softball Elizabeth 
Kelly Ravitz celebrated 15 years with 
AT&T but her most prize accomplish- 
ments she shares with husband 
William, Alexander (8), Rebecca (6), 
and Jessica (2). Bill and Renata 
Leckszas Davis are in Annapolis, MD 
with their energetic boys, James (5) 
and Andrew (3). She volunteers at 
James school and the Hammond- 
Harwood House when she can. Leanne 
Weber Kreis and family have added 
new member Lucky Charm, their puppy 
Boston Terrier. From Baltimore, 
Caroline Clayton Tutts and Chris have 
decided to try and get back to the sim- 
pler things in life. They now home- 
school their 4 children and enjoy the 
peace of TV-free days. Ellen Carver 
Burlingame is a Project Manager for 
an educational grant for the US Dep. Of 
Education/Norfolk Public Schools. 
Karla Kennedy Newman reports that 
they have moved to Fort Mill, SC. She 
is very busy with Rebecca (8) and their 
twins (5) who were just diagnosed with 
autism -spring '00. They are making 
great progress in the early intervention 
program. Karla met a familiar face at 
the first Autism Society meeting, Carrie 
Maynard Nichols'81 Beth Anderson 
Kerns has just finished her masters in 
Training and Development and has 
taken a new position with Fidelity 
Investments. Laurie Limpitlaw 
Krambeer had scaled back her profes- 
sional responsibilities so that she can 
spend more time with her daughter. 
She still does some testing and 
research at the Un. of Kansas Medical 
Center 

Heidi Belofski Turk reports that 
she is officially a van mom with 3 very 
busy kids. She still found time to quali- 
fy for the PA Nat'l Horse Show. 
Congrats! Laura Morrissette Clark 
stays busy with church and helps out 
at the boys' school. Lee is in the 9th 
grade and Tee in the 7th. She took a 
trip to Italy in Oct. with her mom. 

Melissa Schoen Hitt and family 
have been traveling quite a bit. They 
have been to Deer Valley skiing and to 
Kauai. She and her mom took a trip to 
Paris. 

Cathrien de Kruijff de Liagre Bohl 
took a drastic job change from market- 
ing to beginning a new investment 
business. She will be finishing an MA 
in Financial Economics. 

Mallihai Lawrence Tambyah 
enjoys her jobs of part-time work in 
Teacher Education at Un. of 
Queensland and full-time mom to 
Phillip (7) and Tamara (4). 

Bobby. Frances Clardy Hooper, 
Bobby Jr.(6), William and Woodard 
(both 4) are now in Concord. MA 
where Bobby is with the Defense Dept. 
They spent as much of the summer as 
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also gets to Wash. DC a few times a 
year to do some political fund raising. 

Samira Akil Zaman writes from 
Kuwait that she is working in Libraries 
Administration and studying for her 
masters. She has 3 boys now. 

Debbie Fischer Oleisky spent the 
summer traveling with her husband 
and kids Sarah (7) and Emily (3) to the 
beach and to England. Now it's back to 
school at Garrison Forest where she 
teaches Chemistry. 

Barbara Tragakis Conner will be 
attending graduate school at UVA in 
January. She is busy with her kids, 
Margaret (13) and Kit (11) and her 
organizational business. She enjoyed 
seeing Julie Hickman Thompson, Sam 
Guergai '86, and Vicki Schroeder '86 at 
Alumnae Council. 

And we had a great time in March 
as Barbara, Vicki Vidal Blum, and 
myself visited Suzanne Weaver 
Zimmer in Charleston SC for a much 
needed girls weekend. Suzanne reports 
that a move is in the works for her 
family. They have just begun plans on a 
new house that will be located on the 
Mobile Bay in AL. 

Marguerite Ann Germain is the 
Head of Dermatology at the Naval 
Hospital in Charleston, SC. 

Linda Manley Darling lives in Las 
Vegas with her husband, 3 cats and a 
dog. 

Ruth Sill is in a new house in 
Atlanta as well as a new job as 
Research Assoc, at Egon Zehnder Int'l, 
an Executive search firm. 

Angeleque Akin-Little is still a pro- 
fessor at Hofstra Un. along with her 
husband, Stephen, who is the new 
president of school psychology of the 
Amer. Psychological Assoc. 

Kara Grady Godfrey and husband 
made some big changes. After attend- 
ing the wedding of Shauna 
Schoonmaker-Roberts ('84) in Cody, 
WY, they fell in love with the place and 
are moving there from Atlanta GA to go 
into business with Shauna and hus- 
band Paul. She also has time to show 
her Nat'l Show Horse. 

We had a few weddings this year 
also. Michelle O'Neill and Marshall 
Mills were married on Oct. 6 '01 in 
Virginia. Carmen Pinelli Mones and 
Brigid McGlynn Lengyel attended. 
After returning from the APEC meet- 
ings in China, she and Marshall will 
honeymoon in Costa Rica. Laura 
Groppe was married this summer and 
has moved to Santa Monica, CA where 
she is busy consulting for companies 
that target the female audience Martha 
Shorter Lanier Dougherty writes, My 
life has changed rather dramatically 
since reunion in May 2000. ..on May 
19, 2001, 1 married and moved from 
Birmingham AL to a small town out- 
side Cleveland OH. On July 1, 2000. 
within a month of our Reunion, I 
attended Linda MaeVisocan's'87 (now 
Gabriel) wedding in Cleveland OH. 
Geoff Dougherty participated in the 
wedding and at the reception we start- 



ed talking. We still haven't stopped 
talking. ..by Halloween'00, we were 
engaged. May 19, 2001 we were mar- 
ried!! And here I am today living in 
Newbury, OH in a house built in 1838. 
Life can change rapidly. I am now Mrs. 
Geoffrey A. Dougherty and loving it! 
Some of the SBC folks who attended 
the wedding — Linda Mae'87 (her hus- 
band, Todd Gabriel, was a grooms- 
man), Karla Kennedy Newman, brides- 
maid, Stacy Zackowski Lukanufski 
bridesmaid, Lucie Stephens Holland'82 
who read in the wedding, my cousin 
Vicky McCullough Carroll'84. Caperton 
Morton Andersson. Elizabeth Hunter, 
and Lochrane Coleman Smith'76." 
Sorry for guoting you, Martha-Shorter, 
but it was so cute! 

As for me, we have FINALLY 
moved to the Charlotte area and are 
loving it. Luckily John's job as an air- 
line pilot has not been jeopardized 
since the attacks. Alexandra (8) and 
Chandler (5) love school and being a 
block from their cousins. I will be 
beginning the part time process of 
nursing school in January yet I am a 
little nervous about having to study 
after 16 stagnant years. 

Last but not least, I wanted to print 
El Warner's card word for word 
because in our own part of the world, 
no matter where that is, it's probably 
how we all feel. "I'm writing this one 
week after I stood on the roof of my 
office building and watched life as I've 
been living it implode, only 20 blocks 
south. What is there to say now that so 
much has been lost, only that I'm still 
here and that my life, although perhaps 
forever changed, goes on." El Warner 
NYC 9/18/01. 

May God bless each of you. Ginger 
Ryon Church 



1988 



President: Tracy Tigerman Shannon 
Secretary: Eden Zuckerman Brown 
Fund Agent: Katrina Evans Gatti 
Lisa-Ann Strong Acquario has 

been promoted to Associate Director at 
the Hudson River Valley Greenway 
Communities Council (NYS State 
Agency). She and her husband, 
Stephen, are expecting their second 
child in January '02. 

Stacey Meadows Apter has taken 
on a two-year assignment with 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London. 
They've just gotten the family packed 
up, have moved into a little house in 
Wimbledon, and have started Joshua 
(4) into a new school. Tom is taking 
care of Abi (1 ) and getting the house 
sorted out while Stacey figures out her 
new responsibilities at work. She says 
things are a bit hectic now, but she is 
looking forward to getting settled and 
doing some traveling. Denise Landau 
Blind and her family are all well. Tyler 
started 1st grade and Chelsea started 
pre-school this year. Life is busy as 
she is a class mom for both. They 
spend lots of time together camping. 



fishing, hiking and biking and will con- 
tinue to travel— to Hawaii and 
California this year. She says the kids 
love Disneyland. She looks forward to 
seeing everyone in 2003. 

Caroline Corum has enjoyed keep- 
ing up with Cecilia Moore and Beth 
Stookey Sargent They got together in 
June '01 in New Orleans where Cecilia 
was teaching (as usual) at the presti- 
gious Institute for Black Catholic 
Studies. They had so much fun they 
are planning another get together for 
2002. They are also considering an 
extravagant trip to celebrate their 20th 
anniversary of being school chums in 
2004. Can you believe it's been nearly 
20 years? Caroline reports that Beth 
Stookey Sargent is still teaching in 
Prince William Co. Schools. Caroline 
has finished renovating her house in 
Bellevue, WA. She also tries to get in 
trips to Paris when she can, as her 
brother is living there. 

Susan Detweiler says that despite 
successfully guiding Denali (Mt. 
McKinley)in June '01, she is bringing 
her far-flung mountain guiding life back 
to Colorado to allow for more of a per- 
sonal life. She is now guiding locally 
and still loving the outdoor life. Susan 
has been enjoying her new sweetie, 
Mike, and they rock climb a lot togeth- 
er. She is in contact with Cameron Cox 
Hirtz. Rob Barlow, and Jennifer Roach 
Childs. 

Ashley DeVan is still living in 
Austin, TX (the live music capital of the 
world) and loves it! She moved there 
in July '99, bought a house last sum- 
mer, so she thinks she is there to stay 
for a while. She is working as the 
Senior Advertising Manager for the 
consumer business at Dell Computer 
and has fortunately survived several 
rounds of layoffs. She just celebrated 
her 35th birthday with Melinda 
Williams, who made the trip from 
Santa Barbara, where she is currently 
working as Kenny Loggins' Personal 
Assistant. They still can't believe they 
have known each other for 18 years. 
Ashley and Melinda take an annual trip 
with some of her friends from 
Richmond. VA down to Mexico to bask 
in the sun and enjoy a week away from 
the rat race. 

Ashley also provided updates on 
the following SBC'ers: Angie Cabell 
Wolkiewicz is living in Powhatan, VA 
and expecting her first child early 
2002; Meg White Forsberg got mar- 
ried this past year, moved to Norfolk, 
VA, and is working as a Yacht Trader 
Product Manager; Trish Winkler 
Johnson is living in MN and has two 
boys, Christopher and Matthew; Mary 
Nelson Densmore Notaro is living in 
Tuscaloosa. AL and has two girls. 
Hannah and Rosie; Jenn Gregory 
Mosher is living in Boston with her two 
boys, George and Charlie; and Ceecy 
Gunn is also in Austin, working in 
Advertising Sales at Absolute 
Multimedia Brooke Rinehart Dunn is 
busy with Huyler (6) and Reeves (3 



1/2). She is working part-time with 
Louise Gilliam McGrady '87 and sees 
Brooke Haw Spencer '89 and Cameron 
Clark Sipe '87 at the gym. She is look- 
ing forward to Kern McCoid's wedding 
in December '01 in St. Michael's MD 
and will see Lee Carroll Roebuck 
there. Her husband's, Page, business in 
landscaping is very busy. 

Andrea Fraley moved back east 
from Colorado in April '01 with hus- 
band, Jerry, lab Nitro, and husky Ole. 
She is working on Wall Street for 
Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP as a 
technical architect. 

Staci Stockburger Fritzges gave 
birth to John William Fritzges on 
7/23/01. She will finish graduate 
school May 2002 with a Masters in 
Education. She hopes to teach English 
Literature in public schools. She is cur- 
rently living in Tennessee, where her 
husband, Chris, teaches speech and 
drama at Bethel College. She looks for- 
ward to seeing everyone at the 15-year 
reunion. 

Carolyn Grant Gallagher has been 
busy working on the Board of PTO at 
her children's school. She is organizing 
Family Fun Night October 24th for the 
school. Her oldest daughter. Dylan, is 
in her first year of middle school. 
Amanda is in the 5th grade. Both are 
doing very well in school. Her twins, 
Charlie and Sam, are five years old. 
They attend Episcopal Day School and 
enjoy pee-wee soccer. John is very 
busy with his law practice at High, 
Schwartz, Roberts, and Seidel in 
Norristown. She is still the President of 
the Philadelphia Alumnae Club and 
loves to hear from other SBC'ers at 
CJGallaaher1@CS.Com . 

Cameron Cox Hirtz and her hus- 
band. Tony (VMI '86) just had their 
first child, a daughter, and her name is 
Grayson Goodwin Hirtz. She was born 
7/24/01 ! They are thrilled and just love 
being her parents. She stays in touch 
with several SBC'ers, including her 
roommate of four years, Denton 
Freeman Kump. 

Kate Cole Hite says that her big 
news is that she decided to leave her 
position at the Naval Academy to be a 
stay at home mom. She left work the 
end of May and had a wonderful sum- 
mer with her children. She knows this 
was the right decision at the right time. 
She went to the Centennial Bash and 
had a blast, but was disappointed that 
more people from the late 80's classes 
were not there. She also ran into Lee 
Carroll-Roebuck. Whitney Bolt Lewis 
has been very busy this past year. She 
opened a veterinary hospital with two 
other partners, PiperGlen Animal 
Hospital in Charlotte. NC. Their first 
nine months have been great but they 
hope to become increasingly busier. 
She also just celebrated her son's first 
birthday, and he has been terrific. 

Cecilia Moore attended Fall 
Alumnae Council and the Cram and 
Center for Civic Renewal Symposia. 
She says both were great. She and 



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Beth Stookey Sargent had fun catching 
up. She helped Rapti de Silva drive to 
California this summer. Rapti got a job 
teaching at Ohio State University and 
finished her Ph.D. in Math Education at 
Syracuse University. They had fun on 
their journey. A little bird told me that 
Cecilia is now a tenured faculty mem- 
ber at University of Dayton and was 
awarded tenure on her first review! 

Paige Shiller Okun says all is well 
in Washington, DC. They just celebrat- 
ed Bennett's first birthday and Paige is 
working for a high-tech PR agency two 
days per week and loves it. 

Kristen Peterson Randolph is great 
and loves living in Virginia Beach with 
her husband. Ran, and two boys, 
Ranny (6) and Christian (2). She 
stopped working after she had 
Christian and is enjoying being a full- 
time mother. She keeps closely in 
touch with Jeanne Rovics Mexic, 
Laura Schumacher Kasprzak, Lisa 
Haggart Arnold and Nici Fraley 
Williams. She and Ranny just got back 
from a fabulous road trip to NYC where 
they stayed with Lisa and shopped like 
crazy. 

Kathryn Ingham Reese graduated 
in May with a master's degree in edu- 
cation from the University of 
Pennsylvania. This was quite a chal- 
lenge as she was working full time and 
having a baby while she earned her 
degree. She has a daughter, Landon, 
who will be two years old in April and 
there's a second one on the way — due 
April 2002. She is still teaching third 
grade at Tower Hill School in 
Wilmington, DE and loves it. Jennifer 
Bach Rosen and Rob are still busy 
with their never-ending, room-by- 
room, renovation in New Orleans. 
Matthew (4 1/2) started pre-kat 
Newman this year (where Jennifer is 
still working part-time) and he is hav- 
ing so much fun! She says she never 
knew there were so many kinds of 
dinosaurs. Will is already 18 mos and 
working hard to keep up with his big 
brother. 

Kathryn Deriso Schwartz is still liv- 
ing in Miami. She is working part-time 
and coaching the kids' soccer teams. 
Kacki is nine, the twins (Burgen and 
Webb) are seven and Chandler is 2 1/2. 
She sees Hildee Williams Wilson '89 at 
the kids' school. She saw Grace Quirk 
Thompson on Sanibel Island last year. 
Kathryn also is still playing tennis on a 
B-2 Tennis Team. 

Tracy Tigerman Shannon is still 
teaching third grade, is fixing up her 
new house, training their one year old 
Rottie puppy, and helping Ryan in first 
grade. She loves being married to 
John. 

Stephanie Sage Smirnov (Wilt) 
says that all is still fine in the Big 
Apple. She is still in Public Relations at 
L'Oreal and is getting to work on great, 
exciting sponsorship projects such as 
the Grammys and the Golden Globes. 
She and Max celebrated their second 
anniversary. She still stays in touch 



with Brooke Haw Spencer '89, Kate 
Haw '92, and Diana Bradford Walsh 
'92. 

Katie Keogh Snelling is running in 
her second marathon 10/28/01 in 
Washington, DC. Her three children, 
Jake (8), William (6), and Caroline (3) 
are wonderful. She stays home with 
them and hopes to go back to work 
sometime soon. She also says that 
Paige Apple Otinero now lives in NYC 
after a few years of living in South 
Africa. 

Stephanie Sprouse sends greet- 
ings from Dublin, GA, her new home. 
She and baby Jackson moved there at 
the end of August and they are loving 
it. She is now working at the Evans 
Cabinet Corporation for Katrina Evans 
Gatti's dad. Her furniture background 
has done her well. They move into their 
home later this month — very exciting. 
She says that Jackson is such a great, 
easy baby that things could be a lot 
more difficult. She is thrilled that she 
gets to see Katrina often. 

Chrissy Tellalian opened the 
Washington, DC office for Sony about 
three years ago and continues to work 
for them in Government Affairs, spe- 
cializing in international trade. She is 
thrilled to work for them, as they are a 
great company. She travels a lot for 
work and was in Tokyo last April. She 
recently spent a month in Europe (her 
third trip in nine months) starting off in 
Paris, then to the Netherlands, and 
finally cycling from Vienna to Prague. 
In May, she spent two weeks in Monte 
Carlo and the south of France. Last 
November, she spent another two 
weeks traveling through Scotland. She 
saw Allison Flint Nicholson, who 
attended her father's funeral a year ago 
at Arlington Cemetery. 

Lisa Thompson says life has been 
very busy. She just finished building a 
house, which was a lot of work and the 
real fun begins with decorating. Her 
law practice and community projects, 
like the Board of Directors of her local 
regional theatre and the Junior League 
of Indian River, also keep her busy. She 
hopes to travel to London to visit with 
Stacy Meadows Apter. 

Kelly Brown Varga is still in 
Germany and has moved to a nearby, 
smaller village. Their village is over 
1 ,000 years old and borders the beauti- 
ful Spessart Forest. Their house stands 
directly beneath an onion-domed 
church; and she used to think that 
SBC's Bell Tower was loud! Her son, 
Jack, is five and daughter, Emery is 
four. They attend German kindergarten. 
Her husband, Geoff, is still working in 
Nanotechnology. Kelly keeps busy with 
creative projects. She also joined the 
local "Frauen Chor" (Women's Choir): 
instructions in German and songs in 
Latin. She has experienced nothing but 
friendship and support for America 
from their German friends since 
September 11. 

As for me, Bill and I have opened a 
private practice in Arlington, VA and 



are gradually transitioning our practice 
to the metro area. We decided that 
three years of small-town life was 
enough and we missed the city. We are 
enjoying city life more than ever and 
hope to catch up with many SBC'ers in 
the DC area! 



Class 2023! 

Take care until next time! 



1991 



1989 



President: Whitney Bay 
Secretary: Emmy Leung 
Fund Agent: Kathryn "Kate" Robinson 
Hillestad 

I must start by sending condo- 
lences to all those that lost loved ones 
in the tragedies of 9/11. 1 immediately 
contacted many of our classmates and 
was glad to find everyone well. 
However, many of us have close con- 
nections in NYC and Washington, DC, 
and my thought and prayers are with 
all of you. One of our classmates that 
was directly affected, is Tiflini Minatel. 
In August, she sent news about her 
fiance, Michael, and their life in NYC. 
He was scheduled to graduate from the 
NYC Firefighters Academy in October. 
A couple of days after the attack on the 
WTC, I received an email from Tiff 
telling me that Michael had been 
injured, but they were both okay. Tiff 
and Michael are living in a house in 
Astoria Park in Queens. 

I have one correction from the last 
Class Notes. I gave the incorrect birth 
date for Sandy Compton Sellman's 
daughter. Alexandra Lynn was born on 
2/7/01, weighing in at 8 lbs. 4 ozs. 
Sandy has returned to teaching 1st 
Grade. Kim Kline Malone and David 
welcomed twins, Sarah and Jeffrey, to 
the family on 5/29/01. Big brother, 
Brendan, is taking his new role in 
stride. Madeleine Blanchard Corbo 
was promoted in July to Senior 
Financial Associate at the American 
Red Cross HQ. Whitney Bay Shuck is 
still working as a web architect at 
Maritz Travel. In her spare time, she is 
working on her own jewelry business. 
JoAnn Bogolin is in Atlanta working as 
a Health Care Actuary for Tillinghast — 
Towers Perrin. She now has two 
dachshunds, Daisy and Posey. Heather 
Varney Rooney, Frank and daughters, 
Hailey, Hunter and Ashlyn, welcomed a 
new baby boy, Francis "Patrick" 
Rooney III, on 10/7/00. Christina 
Stoltz Feldkamp and Scott had a little 
girl, Ariel Noelle, on 12/1/00. Chrissy is 
now a stay-at-home mom and loves it. 
Scott was on Wheel of Fortune in April, 
and though he wasn't the big winner, 
he won enough to pay for the trip and 
to put some away for Ariel. Kate 
Robinson Hillestad and John are the 
proud parents of Kathryn Grace, born 
4/4/01. Katie Grace made her first trip 
to SBC for Alumnae Council this fall! 
Kate is now working from home, giving 
her and Katie Grace the opportunity to 
go with John when he travels for his 
new job at American Filtrona. With all 
the new baby girls this year, we will 
have quite a few candidates for the 



President: Karen Temple Hott 
Secretary: Penelope Tadler 
Co-Fund Agents: Nicole Jacqueline 
Gauthier, Elliott Pitts 

Before getting started, I wanted to 
thank all of my SBC friends who 
reached out to me during the aftermath 
of September 1 1th. The love and 
friendship I received from my SBC 
friends was a real comfort as my fami- 
ly and I dealt with the loss of friends 
and neighbors. A heartfelt thanks to 
you all. Now, on with the news... 

Sonia Haddad Salfity is busy rais- 
ing her two children and doing volun- 
teer work in Omaha, NE. 

Christine Flint Canterbury has 
moved back to the states! She is living 
in Seattle, WA, busy with her children 
Joseph (3) and Emma Claire (7 mos,) 
She has seen Susie Sickels Dyer and 
Linda Fisher Celent. 

Mamie Farmer Farley had a sec- 
ond son Harry, on 7/1/01 . Her eldest 
child Miller is 2. 

Dawn Monahan Nelson has been 
busy raising her children, Libby (6) and 
Morgan (2). She is excited about her 
parents and Anne Crow moving back to 
Richmond. 

Karen Hott has been very busy 
with friends from SBC this year. She 
attended Alumnae Council with Amy 
White Riley '93. Karen also attended 
Lisa LaLonde's wedding on 10/6/01 in 
Austin, TX. Karen continues to work for 
an award winning design company in 
Atlanta. She also just ordered a new 
class banner for our next reunion. 
Thank you Karen. 

She also reports that Wesley 
Foster Huffard and her husband 
Haynes are still in Atlanta and have a 
baby girl, Hudson, born in 
September'01. Wesley is an interior 
designer. 

Kana Roess Goldsmith moved 
from the Birmingham countryside back 
to town. She is working as an academ- 
ic advisor at the Altamont School. She 
is hoping to send some new recruits to 
SBC. Kana visited Elizabeth Mason 
Horsely '90. 

Sarah Clinton Larrabee married 
Daniel Francis Larrabee on 5/27/02 in 
Summerville, SC. Kana was a brides- 
maid. 

Laurel LeStrange Ashley married 
James M. Ashley III 9/29/01. They 
bought a 10-acre farm and are raising 
horses and beef cattle. She invites any- 
one who is feeling rustic! Laurel con- 
tinues to work as a therapist for men- 
tally retarded adults. 

Bonnie Dawson has 6 grandchil- 
dren. She is also a jack of all trades, 
writing for a monthly magazine. The 
Review, managing and owning apart- 
ments, selling herbs for Nature 
Sunshine, operating a cruise travel 
business and a truck company! 



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Stephanie Banton Troutman gave 
birth to Virginia Paige on 9/4/01. Her 
son Will (2.5) is adjusting to his new 
sister and the big move to Charlotte, 
NC. 

Kathryn Hagist Yunk continues to 
live in Shorewood, Wl with her hus- 
band Dan. 

Melissa Van Horn is working at the 
Perkins School for the Blind in MA. 

Carey Bates is working as a senior 
technical writer for Hyperion Solutions 
in Stamford, CT. She is living in 
Westchester, NY overlooking a lake. 
She is enjoying tubing and fishing. 
Carey is the proud aunt of 3 nieces and 
a new baby nephew. 

Cathi Goslau resides on the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland. She is still 
working for Fortis Benefits Insurance 
Company in DC. She is enjoying her 
new horse and visiting friends from 
SBC. 

Susan Sickels Dyer moved back to 
Bainbridge Island, WA. She is very 
busy with her two sons Kenny and 
Teddy. 

Karen Holland is living in Winston- 
Salem. NC. She completed her MBA in 
the spring of 2001. She is looking for 
Mary Wells Hedgpeth 

Tammy O'Malley Fein and hus- 
band Larry have two sons, Benjamin, 
2, and Ethan born on 09/17/01. Tammy 
is taking some time off from her career 
as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 
child therapist, to stay at home with 
the children. They recently moved to 
Jupiter, FL 

Shelbie Filson continues to work 
at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. She 
has also been doing some on stage 
work as well. She was recently seen in 
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way 
to the Forum" and "Picasso at the 
Lapin Agile." She is the proud aunt of 
two beautiful nieces. 

Stephanie Berger just started a 
new job working as the Vice President 
for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids 
Foundation. She took some time off to 
visit with Jen Kemper and daughter 
Tatum. 

Lea Renee Gardner Tikka, with 
husband Ari and daughter Sophia, 
moved to Sydney, Australia. 

Elliott Pitts is still a Lion Tamer in 
Portland, ME. She was stranded in 
Chicago on 9/11 and was hugged and 
comforted by Julie Brooks '90. Thank 
you Julie! 

Arleigh Davis Cobbs is expecting 
her first child in January. She has been 
in touch with Alicia Taylor '90. 

Al Doucette's plans are up in the 
air. She is currently in Stafford, VA 
working as an office manager and 
bookkeeper in a power sports dealer- 
ship. She is supposed to move to 
Pensacola, FL with her Marine helicop- 
ter pilot boyfriend William. Plans are 
on hold due to recent events. 

Emily Leming works for the EMT 
in New Jersey. She and fiancee, Jayme, 
a NYC policeman, lost their partner on 
9/1 1 . They are the brave who are help- 



ing to keep NY safe. We thank them 
from the bottom of our hearts. Emily 
sends her thanks to Laura Rose 
Martin, Jackie Kjono, and Amber 
Bennett for their love and support. 

As for me, I am teaching 5th grade 
gifted and talented at PS 29 in 
Brooklyn. I moved to Manhasset, NY in 
June and finally bought a new car. I 
have two gorgeous nephews and am 
glad to be with family and friends. 

So many of our classmates have 
written words of concern, love, and 
prayers for those who are suffering in 
the aftermath of 9/11. There is a con- 
stant theme in most of the post- 
cards. . Thank you for the love and 
support from SBC friends and God 
Bless America! 



1992 



President: Catherine Gornto Freeman 
Secretary: Kimberly Olmstead 

Calhoun 
Fund Agents: Keely Sullivan Jurgovan 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll 

Margaret Gibson is a senior para- 
legal for FedEx in Memphis. She 
received her MBA from Union 
University in August of 2000 and can't 
wait to see everyone in May. 

Christine Davidson Allen works as 
a food scientist for the Research and 
Development department at Perdue 
Farms, Inc., in Bridgewater, VA. She 
has a son, Mitchell (three years), who 
keeps her busy after work and on the 
weekends. Christine plans to make it to 
the ten-year reunion and hopes to see 
many of her old friends. 

Holly Caswell King is having fun 
keeping up with Caswell who recently 
turned one. She sees Keeley Sullivan 
Jurgovan and myself from time to time 
here in Atlanta and she also hears from 
Catherine Gornto Freeman, Harriet 
Farmer Hoffman, Lisa Crego, and 
Kathleen Davis Willis. 

Rokhsan Fallah just bought a new 
house in Olney, MD, and is in the 
process of moving. She still works for 
the American Gastroenterological 
Association (AGA) as Marketing 
Coordinator. 

Cara Ardemagni LaRoche was 
thrilled to be in Julie Brideweser 
Wingard's wedding in June. She also 
hears from Trienel Ahearn Hickman in 
South Korea and enjoyed seeing 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll at SBC 
during Fall Council in September. Cara 
is teaching math at the Ellis School 
(all-girls) in Pittsburgh and loving it. 

Diana Bradford Walsh married 
Nick Walsh on June 2nd in New York 
City. She had many friends from Sweet 
Briar attend and I was honored to be a 
bridesmaid. They are planning to 
remain in New York City and Diana will 
continue to work for the Estee Lauder 
companies. 

Anne Knoke Kohudic has had a 
very busy year. She got married to 
William Kohudic (UVA '91) on June 
22nd in Martha's Vineyard. Carrie Bake 



Wong. Joely Minutella Hetherington. 
Barbara Baisley. Toi Reynolds, and 
Julia Madden-Creighton were there. 
That same month, she also went to 
Melinda Wick's wedding and saw 
Donna Peters ('91) and Nicole Gauthier 
('91). Anne and Will live in Fairfax. VA. 
where she works for an executive 
placement firm in Tysons Corner. 

Julie Brideweser Wingard is 
enjoying married life and trying to get 
settled into their new life together. They 
had a wonderful time on their honey- 
moon in Europe and saw several differ- 
ent countries. She and Ed are now anx- 
iously awaiting the birth of their first 
child in March. 

Jennifer Toomey Driscoll and her 
husband Charles relocated to 
Hagerstown, MD about ten months 
ago. They are busy with Kate (three 1/2 
years) and Betsy (eight months) and 
enjoying their new and very family-ori- 
ented community. Keeps up with 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll almost 
daily and enjoyed a visit from Diana 
Bradford Walsh and her husband Nick 
last October, 

Jennifer Valentine VanNess and 
Jim are still in Richmond. She is sell- 
ing real estate and learning how to jug- 
gle work and children. Last fall, they 
moved out of their house to put on an 
addition, moved back into their home 
in January, and then had another baby 
on April 4th, 2001. His name is James 
Henry, for his father, but they call him 
Hank. Jennifer and Jim were able to 
get together with Catherine Gornto 
Freeman and her family for a day at 
the beach this summer. 

Kelly Arden has been living in 
Atlanta for about 2 1/2 years now. She 
is working in pharmaceutical sales full- 
time for Schering-Plough Corporation 
and counseling in private practice part- 
time. Kelly is active in ALTA and Junior 
League of Atlanta, and also enjoys 
helping her boyfriend renovate and 
decorate his new house. She has plans 
to see Lisa Newman Francisco and 
her husband, George, on the coast of 
GA on their way back south in their 
boat. 

After almost ten years working for 
Ralph Lauren, Jenny Brodlieb 
Cacioppo has decided to dedicate most 
of her time to Annabella (two years) 
and will save the rest for PR consult- 
ing. Jenny hosted cocktails for 60 SBC 
alumnae and had a great time catching 
up with all. She is looking forward to 
November when Ann Lindquist plans 
to visit the Big Apple. 

Amy Bingaman Sinclair had an 
incredible season for rafting this sum- 
mer. Exodus celebrated its biggest sea- 
son to date with lots of single and 
multi-day trips. Now that the raft sea- 
son is over, she is at the start of their 
Steelhead fishing season. The fishing 
will keep her busy through the end of 
November, and then she will get a little 
break before the spring steelhead fish- 
ing, which runs from February to the 
end of March. She has been hiking 



almost every day with her dog. Daisy, 
and she has enjoyed the beautiful 
country around her. She spends her 
winters in McCall. ID because it offers 
a ski resort where she loves snow- 
boarding and cross country skiing. As 
for their new "old" house, they are still 
busy remodeling. She invites any SBC- 
ers that might be in her area to visit, 
you can also check them out on the 
web at www.riverescape.com or email 
her at xdsamy@ctcweb.net 

Carter Story Lloyd had another 
baby. Tanner McLean, on May 17th, 
2001. Her oldest son, Hunter 
Randolph, is three. She and Aaron cel- 
ebrated their 7th wedding anniversary 
in September. Carter went back to 
graduate school where she is in her 
second year working on her Master's in 
Education, with an interest in 
Emotionally Disturbed and Learning 
Disabled. Additionally, she loves work- 
ing for Frederick County Public 
Schools as a Special Education 
Teacher. 

Margaret McClellan Driscoll is 
doing well in Williamsburg. Her daugh- 
ter, McRae, is in preschool three times 
a week and her son, Parker, is a very 
sweet and very big six month old! 
Margaret recently saw Kate Haw in 
August, in New York. She is lucky to 
have Jen Toomey Driscoll and her chil- 
dren close by and is honored to be the 
godmother to Jen's youngest daughter, 
Betsy. 

Stacy Simpson is living in 
Culpeper, VA, and working as an 
equine specialist for a pharmaceutical 
company called Intervet. It is a great 
job with lots of fun opportunities and 
allows her to travel quite often. She 
continues to ride and currently is work- 
ing with a new project. She has been in 
contact with Marilyn Adams, Megan 
Reed ('91), and Suzy Sickels ('91). 

Catherine Gornto Freeman is really 
busy taking care of three children 
under three! Life is crazy with the boys 
(now 20 months) as they are really into 
everything and on top of everything at 
all times! Big sister Charlotte (three 
years) is quite a helper to her parents, 
but sometimes her brothers don't like 
her "assistance" so much. Catherine 
and Peter recently hosted a Centennial 
Celebration at their home for New 
Orleans alumnae and had a great 
turnout from many different classes. 

Jennifer McCallum Fulton had a 
fabulous summer. She was able to par- 
ticipate in a class at Pat Parelli's 
International Study Center in Colorado 
with her horse, working on her natural 
horsemanship skills. She reports that 
"the weather was great and so was the 
atmosphere". She and her husband 
have remodeled yet another home, 
which they moved into last June. She 
is placing Greyhounds into forever 
(adoption) homes and has four hounds 
of her own. Jennifer recently changed 
real estate companies and now works 
for RE/MAX, which she just loves. 

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Kevin, are expecting their first child in 
January of 2002. They too enjoyed see- 
ing so many class members at Diana 
Bradford Walsh's wedding in New York 
in June. 

As for myself, Clay and I had a 
busy spring and summer with nine 
weddings to travel to. It was a great 
opportunity to see a lot of our close 
friends. We may not be at reunion 
because Clay and I are expecting baby 
number two in the beginning of May. 
Although we are hoping this baby 
arrives a little early so that we can 
make it. From your notes it looks like 
everyone is thinking about coming. I 
want to encourage you to come — it is 
a blast! As always. I so enjoy hearing 
from everyone. Happy Holidays! 



1994 



President: Erica Q. Clayton 
Secretary: Mary-Linda "Molly" Morris 
Fund Agents: Mary C. Holmes, 
Elizabeth Thigpen Landry 

This has been a busy, busy year for 
the class of 1994. I am so proud of our 
accomplishments and additions! 
Without further ado, let's begin!! 

Kim Bramley Estep is in CT in 
investment banking and mortgage trad- 
ing. Her daughter Morgan was born 
10/00, and she and Scott are expecting 
another daughter on New Years Eve. 
Scott is a stay-at-home dad. Kim 
reports that she's been in touch with 
Lori Bahret Mote and Heather 
Swenberg'93. 

Lauren Van Tyle Bartolomei is the 
editor of the Colorado Springs 
Republican Committee newsletter, but 
spends most of her time with sons 
Isaac (4 yrs.) and Graham (2 yrs.). Her 
husband Jake is an engineering 
instructor at the Air Force Academy. 

Ginger Amon White and her hus- 
band Tony are expecting a baby in 
01/02 to join their two canine children- 
black labs Rhett and Deke. They're still 
working on their turn-of-the-century 
farmhouse in Mooresville. I\IC and 
operating Advantage Landscape and 
Design. 

Katherine Lindsey Auchter reports 
that life is simple and sweet in 
Jacksonville. Her daughter Anna will be 
1 on 11/17/01, and Katherine loves 
being a mommy. She's been in touch 
with Meredith Aikman.Anna got her 
very first postcard from Katmandu. 
She added that Heather Bayfield is a 
rising executive with Sun Trust Bank, 
although she'd never admit it. Heather 
writes that she got her Certified Trust 
and Financial Advisor designation in 
09/01. She spends time with Katherine 
and Anna and reports that Anna is gor- 
geous and very smart. She was at Lia 
DeSimone Colbert's house in August 
and loved seeing everyone there. She 
writes, "E-mail is good for keeping in 
touch but it just can't compare to actu- 
ally touching an old friend. I miss 
everyone." 

Lia DeSimone Colbert and Liz 



Gilgan planned a joint baby shower for 
Amelia McOaniel Johnson and Allison 
Vollmer Douglass. Both are due in 
11/01. The shower was held at Lia's 
house in Boyds, MD. Vixens present 
were: Robyn Barto, Corrine Gaillard, 
Mary Holmes Slusser, Susan 
Margaret Barrett, Erica Clayton 
Wright, Rosemary Ratliff, Ashley 
Henderson Swigart and Heather 
Bayfield. Lia wrote, "Everyone looked 
great and enjoyed seeing Allison and 
Amelia pregnant. It was a very Sweet 
Briar gathering. For example, without 
even planning it, Allison wore pink and 
Amelia wore green-and the husband 
and boyfriends suffered through a 
round of 'holla hollas'." Allison and 
William are in NYC, living on the Upper 
West Side. She's currently working as 
an Executive Editor at Fitness 
Magazine. Amelia McDaniel Johnson 
writes that Wooten is the Southern 
Desk Director for the Democratic 
Congressional Campaign Committee, 
and she's working part time as the 
Director of Education at Christ 
Episcopal Church in Raleigh. They're 
expecting a girl in November-Virginia 
Wyly — and have started her early.. .her 
nursery colors are a variation of pink 
and green. 

Liz Gilgan is in Boston, working for 
the Archaeological Association of 
America. She organizes public outreach 
programs concerning archaeology. She 
also spends her holidays working part 
time at Pottery Barn. She and Lia 
DeSimone Colbert organized the baby 
shower in "Nowhere, MD" and Liz 
wrote, "They all looked great and it was 
tons of fun." 

Rosemary Ratlitf is in NYC, and is 
studying landscape architecture at City 
College of New York. 

Mary Holmes Slusser was married 
to Eric in Chicago on 10/14/00. She 
was also at the shower — "It was great 
to see everyone and celebrate the 
soon-to-be-mommies." 

Caitlin Sundby is in Atlanta, work- 
ing for Americasmart.com. and intern- 
ing at CARE (an international relief 
organization). She also has a small 
web design business on the side. She's 
planning to start grad school next year. 
She recently bought a house and com- 
pletely redid the landscaping. (Looks 
great. ..I've seen pictures.) She's visited 
Amy Biathrow Ross in Raleigh and had 
a great time with her, Molly Morris. 
Hilarie Wakefield '95 and Mary-Byrd 
Schroeder Braun '95 at SBC for the 
Centennial Gala. 

Beth Riccobono Shiftier and her 
husband Paul have moved away from 
the boarding school world. She started 
a new job, teaching math at the Fenn 
School in Concord, MA. It's an all- 
boys' school, grades 4-9. She's also 
working on her Masters in Education 
and plans to finish in 05/02. 

Tysha Calhoun is working at Dell 
Computers in the online sales segment, 
and she's been there for 2 years. She's 
living with Pat. her boyfriend of 3 years 



and their 2 dogs and 3 cats. She lives 
in San Marcos, TX and spends her free 
time kayaking or camping. She writes, 
"I recently became an aunt-so for now 
that suffices and placates my motherly 
instincts." She added that she stays in 
touch with Allison Chance and Wendy 
Wall Nace Wendy and Randy are in 
Birmingham, AL and are putting a new 
addition on their house. Wendy is 
working towards getting her Licensed 
Professional Counselor credential. She 
provides marital and familial therapy 
for adolescents and loves it. 

Kathy May still loves CO and her 
job as a Corporate Events Planner for 
Spectralink. She spent the past sum- 
mer visiting family in PA and NJ. Right 
now, she's training 3 foals and is in 
training herself for hunter/jumper equi- 
tation. 

Amy Biathrow Ross writes that 
"Life is good, job is good-no com- 
plaints here." She enjoyed seeing 
Caitlin Sundby, Molly Morris and 
Hilarie Wakefield'95 at the Centennial 
Gala in 04/01. 

Susan Perdue just bought a town- 
house in Lynchburg, VA. For the past 7 
years, she's been working for Central 
Virginia Community Services, provid- 
ing mental health services. She and her 
boyfriend Tom were also at the Gala at 
SBC in April. 

Katherine Cook is still working on 
her dissertation (of the otten-changing- 
topic) at UVA. She's getting her Ph.D. 
in College Administration. She's also 
working at a middle school in Orange, 
VA, teaching French. She recently start- 
ed a new job AT SBC. She is in charge 
of organizing and teaching computer 
training to faculty, staff and students. 
She's also an EMT, volunteering with a 
local rescue squad. 

Betsy Lanard is an elementary 
music teacher in the Philadelphia inner 
city schools. She also has a private 
practice where she provides music 
therapy for autistic children. She's 
working on her 2nd Masters in Music 
Education at the University of the Arts. 
She teaches Music and Health and 
World Music at Alvirnia College. Last 
spring, she and her boyfriend Hale 
went to the Dominican Republic and 
swam with whales. 

Amy Ross is living in Memphis, TIM 
teaching 2nd grade. She's also a math 
consultant for SRA and McGraw Hill. 
Amy is very involved in Junior League 
and is a booking agent for a local Indie 
band. In her spare time, she likes to 
travel to New Orleans. 

Katie Blaik is in OKC. She recently 
started her own firm, specializing in 
corporate law, but including some per- 
sonal injury cases. She also manages 
quite an extensive list of people she 
sends hilarious e-mails to. 

Patti Geets writes, "I finished my 
MS in Oceanography, and then moved 
to DC to work in the Senate for a year. 
I moved over to a Trade Association in 
1999, the National Fisheries Institute. I 
represent the seafood industry. I 



bought a cute little condo in NW last 
year, and I have a beautiful dog, 
Caillou, that I rescued from the race 
track while I lived in Louisiana. I travel 
a lot, and see my sister (Jackie Geets- 
Henry'92) very often." 

Heather Roby just moved back to 
DC . She does software training and 
curriculum design for an early child- 
hood education company. She gets to 
travel often with her job, which she 
enjoys, but she'll be leaving her 
boyfriend behind. Hopefully, she says, 
"He'll follow me there!" She attended 
Alice Windham Coleman's wedding 
and saw Dorothy Bailey and Christy 
Young McCain 

Dorothy Bailey writes. "I'm in my 
third year of Veterinary school at 
Virginia Tech. Only one more to go! I 
see Christy Young McCain when I go 
home to see my family in SC. She and 
Edwin are building a new house which 
should be done in the spring." 

Lori-Ann Harris Summers and Paul 
bought a house in Pittsburgh last sum- 
mer, so she's busy redecorating and 
gardening. They celebrated Jackson's 
first birthday 8/9/01 . He's walking now, 
and Lori-Ann is very busy keeping up 
with him. 

Tashie Curpier Whipple and Mike 
are expecting a little girl 10/01. Tashie 
sends a prayer for better times, filled 
with more peace, love, and happiness. 

Katherine Schupp just finished her 
last project for Colonial Williamsburg, 
packed up and moved back to New 
Orleans. She took a 6-week vacation to 
Europe. Lots of highlights: riding bikes 
along the Danube River in Austria, 
sherry tasting in Spain, seeing where 
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" was filmed in 
Italy, and wine tasting in France. 
"Unfortunately," she writes, "now I'm 
back in reality." She's hoping to finish 
her thesis so she can graduate by 
December and start her job hunt. 

Jamee Thompson Briggs and her 
husband John are still living in 
Evergreen, CO. Their son Jackson 
Provine Briggs was born 11/6/00. "He's 
growing like a weed, and could not be 
a happier baby." She encourages any- 
one venturing out west to please give 
her a call. 

Jodi Szuszczewicz McGee and her 
husband Brian welcomed baby #2, 
Garrett Glenn on 4/1 9/01 . "Megan is an 
amazing big sister." They completed 
construction on their home last 
August. It's located near Gilbert's 
Corner in Northern VA, and visitors are 
always welcome! 

Kim Szuszczewicz Snead and her 
husband John are expecting their first 
child in 04/02. They're heading to 
Vegas for the CorporateSports 
Challenge in 11/01, and plan a relaxing 
trip to Amelia Island. FL in 12/01. 

Carlene Harper Sumner is in Utah, 
selling real estate with Prudential. She 
and her husband Richard are expecting 
their first child in 04/02. "I'm sure it's a 
soccer player, considering how much 
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sounds." Carlene recently talked to 
Jennifer St. Julian Wooden, and 
reports that she is expecting her 4th 
child in January. Jennifer is still home- 
schooling and living in Houston. 

Kelleigh Smith Sommer is a pric- 
ing analyst with Clarke American (a 
check printing business). Her son Sam 
is almost 2, and she and her husband 
Richard recently bought a piece of land 
out in the country and hope to build a 
house there in the future. They're still 
in San Antonio. 

Shannon Hetcel Dykes writes that 
Carter will be turning 5 in 04/02. Jim is 
still working on his MBA in Winston- 
Salem, NC. She is teaching at a local 
Montessori school, and is planning to 
start graduate school in the next year 
or so. 

Linda Lombardo is in her 3rd year 
teaching at IB Middle School in 
Davidson, NC. Her son Daniel is a Jr 
and an RA at UNC Charlotte. David is a 
Sr in high school and is planning to go 
to UNCC in the fall, and Mark is in the 
7th grade this year. ("They all say hi to 
Nessim and Beth Riccobono Shiftier! ") 

She writes that Tony is just fine, 
and they loved coming back to SBC for 
the Centennial Gala in April. 

Korina Adkins is working as a web 
designer in Alexandria, VA. She's seen 
Cara Gunther Waterhouse recently. 
She and her Significant Other have 
been together for 2 years now, and 
they adopted a Dachshund named 
Jerry. 

Amy Loux is working for a consult- 
ing firm, overseeing product manage- 
ment and desktop publishing. She and 
her partner of 5 years are renovating a 
house that they're hoping to move into 
by the end of 2001 . She saw Cecile 
Berthelot and Andrea Buck when they 
traveled through San Francisco and 
she reports that both are doing well. 

Vicki Sevastianova is living in 
Charlottesville. She got her Ph.D. in 
Slavic Languages and Literatures in 

2000. She teaches Russian language 
and literature at UVA and works for a 
publishing company in town as a web 
editor. 

Hopie Carter is still at Tiffany's. 
She has 2 Christmas card designs in 

2001, and is working on baby china 
patterns. She writes, "I'm constantly 
amazed that I am actually paid to draw 
and paint!" She's working on some of 
her own projects-couture baby onesies 
that are sold in boutiques in NYC and 
SF, and she's planning to launch her 
own line of stationery and holiday 
cards soon. She writes that she's a 
yoga fanatic, and she's recently been 
volunteering, planning art projects with 
an all-girl group through a foster care 
project in Harlem. 

Vinca Swanson had an art show at 
her studio in downtown Seattle, and 
another in Atlanta this summer. Most 
of her works sold. She's been getting 
steady commissions as well. She's 
planned 2 more shows, one in 01/02 
and one with Jane Rabadi in 03/02. 



She's still playing and coaching 
lacrosse. This is her 5th season at 
UWA. and she's been the Northwest 
Lacrosse President for 3 years. Her 
Ultimate season just ended, so she's 
looking forward to the ski season. 
She's planning some glacier climbs in 
the Cascades-she's got some new 
equipment she wants to try out. And 
when she has some free time, she 
writes: "Oh yeah-I'm still working full 
time at the law firm, too. ..but that's 
hardly anything you should put in 
print." 

More baby news: Renee Brooks 
Fredericksen and her husband David 
had a daughter Caroline, born 
05/29/01. And Kim Mounger Storbeck 
gave birth to Lily Matilda on 10/11/01. 

Alex Stewart writes, "I am still in 
Raleigh, just started a new job as 
director of marketing and sales. It is 
going to be really busy but fun — travel- 
ing a lot for work right now, but it 
should settle down soon. I still volun- 
teer a lot for the YMCA (I just left that 
job after 6 years). I spend a lot of time 
hanging out with Stephanie 
Pappanikou. I talk with Kathy a lot and 
just got back in touch with Katie Blaik. 
Hopefully we will be planning a trip 
together in the spring. I'm planning a 
big Thanksgiving with my sister Nicky 
'95 and her husband here in Raleigh." 

Angie Carpenter Good reports. "I 
finally have a new job with the National 
Symphony Orchestra in the Artistic 
Administration department. I've been 
with them since February and I love it! 
I'm still at the Kennedy Center, but am 
now affiliated with the National 
Symphony. My husband, John, and I 
are doing well since moving into our 
new house a year ago. We are expect- 
ing a baby boy on January 1, 2002. It's 
our first baby and we're really excited!" 

First of all, I want to thank EVERY- 
ONE in the class for being so great 
about class notes this year! I love hav- 
ing so much wonderful news to share! 
Keep them coming! As for my life — I 
stepped down from my job, and I am 
now a full-time student again. I have 
several studio art classes to take at 
Ohio State and then I'll be applying to 
their graduate program in Art 
Education in 04/01. When I'm finished, 
I'll be licensed to teach art in public 
schools in Ohio. I'm truly enjoying the 
experience of OSU. It's a big 
change. ..going from 600 students to 
40.000! It makes me appreciate Sweet 
Briar in ways I cannot even begin to 
put into words. I've been back to SBC 
twice this year, and I encourage anyone 
who has a chance to go. There are so 
many changes taking place on the 
campus — they are renovating for the 
Historic District, the new Student 
Center is underway, they're re-doing 
the drive on to campus-lots to see and 
do. The Centennial Gala was AMAZING. 
Sweet Briar knows how to throw a 
party. Please keep in touch-my email is 
mollymorris@earthlink.net. Don't forget 
to have copies made of anything you 



want added to our class scrapbook — 
I'll take submissions at any time! 



1997 



President: Ann MacDonald Carter 
Secretary: Kerri Rawlings 
Fund Agent: Kara Vlasaty 

Greetings! I hope these notes find 
you all doing well and preparing for 
our five-year reunion, May 17-19. 
2002. I'm writing these not long after 
the September 11th attacks so I would 
like to start out by telling you that to 
my knowledge all of our classmates 
are safe and sound. There are a few of 
us with direct ties to the military retali- 
ations so I'll begin with their news. 

Jennifer Wagner is a Captain in the 
U.S. Army, serving as a JAG officer at 
Ft. Jackson, SC. She writes, "I love 
practicing law for the Army because I 
feel like I am making a difference." 
Angela Williams is working at Ft 
Meade, MD, as a RU linguist/analyst 
serving in the Navy. She has been there 
for two years and says she has not 
seen any classmates since graduation. 
She's close to Annapolis so look her up 
if you're ever in that area! 

Ticia Harbour Berg and husband 
Scott are now stationed in Jacksonville. 
FL. Scott was moved to a new 
squadron of S-3s and is currently 
deployed on the USS Roosevelt. Ticia 
is a proud Navy wife, but misses him 
nonetheless. They just bought their 
first house and have a yellow lab 
named Jake. He keeps her occupied 
when she isn't busy working or volun- 
teering with the Junior League. Julia 
Ingelido Kellner and husband Mark 
have been reassigned to Colorado 
Springs from England. Mark is a Major 
in the Air Force and Julia loves her job 
as a 3rd grade teacher. Amy 
Campbell's brother is a Marine and 
was called to assist in NYC the day of 
the attacks. She also wrote that she 
received her MA in Government from 
UVA 5/01 and is now living in 
Arlington, VA, and working for the con- 
sulting firm Reingold in Georgetown. 
She is rooming with two friends and 
they have "a cute little house and a 
cat." Thanks to each of you for your 
service and sacrifice. GOD bless you. 

Paige Peabody Yager reports on 
her family's recent move to the 
Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia and 
the addition of a son. Spencer, 1/01. 
She says his big brother, Sebastian, 3, 
thinks he is just great! She would love 
to hear from any SBCers in the area. 
Tyler Louthan is training horses on a 
farm in Charlottesville and teaching 
lessons. She says she is foxhunting, 
eventing, and having a great time! 
Robin Beaulieu Ellef was married 6/01 
to Peter in West Hartford, CT Gina 
Miller and Rachelle Colquitt were in 
attendance. She is currently teaching 
preschool in Farmington. 

Jill Butcher finished her MLS at 
Rutgers and after a family vacation to 
Hilton Head, SC, she plans to find a job 



at either a public or academic library. 
She remains in touch with Jill Gavitt. 
Kathy Johnston, and Jenn Wagner. 
She is planning a trip with her mother 
to visit Jill G. and her mother in 
Newport. Rl, around the holidays. Jill 
G. is teaching middle school Spanish 
in East Lyme. CT, and living in New 
London. Last year she helped the stu- 
dents put on a performance of Guys 
and Dolls, which was "the most 
rewarding I've had in my teaching 
career." She also keeps busy with 
dance and yoga classes. Kathy is still 
living in DC and working as an interna- 
tional economic development consult- 
ant at SRI International. Her job pro- 
vides her with lots of variety and lots 
of travel. In this past year she has 
made several trips to Beirut, Lebanon, 
and vacationed in Germany. Ballet is 
still an important part of her life, as she 
takes classes whenever she has the 
time. 

Christina Benson lives in NYC and 
has a job with the Development Bank 
of Japan. She sees Jill Meadows and 
Nessim Al-Yafi in NYC and keeps in 
touch with Becky Moats, Tasha 
Swales, and Vaiana Territehau who all 
live in the DC area Heather Benhard 
Zander married Duke 9/99. and had 
Nicole Kelleher as a bridesmaid. 
Heather and Duke live in L.A. while 
Duke finishes dental school at UCLA 
and she works as a pharmaceutical 
representative for GlaxoSmithKline. 
She hopes to move back to VA or NC 
at some point. Nicole has started med- 
ical school at MCV (class of '06!) and 
is still working for LifeNet and volun- 
teering as a paramedic at the local res- 
cue squad. She is still dating her beau 
of 3.5 years and keeps in touch with 
many classmates. Holly James 
McMickle is still in Falls Church with 
Mark and their two dogs. She is in her 
2nd year of law school at George 
Mason, and enjoying her work as a 
legal recruiter for a large DC law firm. 
They vacationed in New England with 
Gina Miller in August. She is also in 
touch with neighbor Kristen McCowan 
Hartley and Nicole Thea Galenes is in 
Gainesville, FL. with a new |ob as man- 
aging editor at Naylor Publications. She 
keeps busy with mountain biking, pho- 
tography, yoga, and learning to play 
the guitar. She says she is very happy 
with where she is in life, both profes- 
sionally and personally. 

Molly Cameron Dreux will receive 
her MBA from U of R 12/01 and works 
in marketing in Richmond. She is 
enjoying married life with Marc (HSC 
'98). They were married 7/00. 
Stephanie Pappanikou is living in 
Raleigh. NC. and working as Asst. 
Manager of an Apartment Community. 
She is having fun as an amateur again 
after several years of teaching and 
working with horses. She still has her 
horse and keeps in touch with Leigh 
Wilson and Alex Stewart'94. Jeni 
Brundage Turner is living in Houston. 
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assistant with the firm of Houssiere, 
Durant, and Houssiere, LLP Lucinda 
Polley Howe is living Montgomery, AL, 
and is the proud mother of Sarah 
Elizabeth, born 1/01. Sarah is ready to 
crawl — something mom is not yet 
ready for! Lucinda reports that she is 
loving her new job as a stay-at-home 
mom. 

Amy Everett Carter was married 
3/01 in Sante Fe. NM, to Daragh Carter 
of Ireland. They are living in Dallas, TX. 
where Amy works as an event plan- 
ner/project manager for SANS Institute. 
They will take a six week trip to Asia, 
Australia, and Hawaii in Jan. '02, and 
they can't wait' Elizabeth Mcintosh is 
in her 1st year of the Clinical 
Psychology PhD program at American 
U. and is living in DC. She will travel to 
visit Amy and Daragh in Dallas 10/01. 
Connor Louis will marry Martin 
Gunthrip 10/01 in Miami, but they will 
continue to live in London. Connor will 
be the stepmother to Robert, 12, and 
Becky, 10. Many SBCers will be in 
attendance, including Melanie 
Chriscoe, Kathryn Cunningham, 
Susanne Nifong, Maia Pearson and 
Alexa Schriempf. She continues to 
work for monster.com's parent compa- 
ny, TMP Worldwide. 

Kate Hall Lombardi and husband 
Ben are looking forward to celebrating 
daughter Grace's 1st birthday 2/02. 
Kate has also taken on the task of co- 
chairing our Reunion Gifts Committee 
with Becky Moats. Their committee will 
be contacting you soon! Ann 
MacDonald Carter and husband 
Michael have settled into their first 
home in Lynchburg, VA. She says she 
is keeping busy with all things Sweet 
Briar and her position on the Board of 
Directors of the Junior League. Katy 
McCartney has finished her Masters in 
Education with an emphasis in 
Counseling and will be moving to 
Durham, IMC. following her 11/01 wed- 
ding to David Gilliam. Lanis Addison 
Rollins is living in L.A. with husband 
Wayne. They moved 8/01 and are living 
in the Hollywood Hills area. 

Alicia Allen has moved to Chicago 
and is currently looking for a job. She 
had a great time at Centennial and was 
happy to be able to join Cristy Jordan 
at her family reunion 8/01. Living in 
Elkton, MD, is Kerry Thacker Gilbert 
and her husband of 3 years. She is the 
branch manager for Enterprise Rent A 
Car, which keeps her very busy. 
Desiree Valenzuela Gribschaw wrote 
from her home in Clarksville, TN. She 
and her husband are very active in 
Officer's Christian Fellowship and she 
serves as Financial Secretary for their 
church. They own a rental property of 
4 townhomes, and Desiree is working 
in the mortgage financing industry. She 
also reports of a family addition — a lab 
puppy she says has postponed any 
thoughts of children for a few years! 

Alison Burnett has been working 
for Illinois House Republican Leader 
Lee Daniels as a Staff Attorney for over 



a year and absolutely loves it! Cape 
Healey Boyd is also working in the 
political world as the Deputy Chief of 
Staff for Senator Chris Dodd. She lives 
in Falls Church with her husband Brian. 
They were married 4/01. Ann Barrett 
and Bhavi Patel were bridesmaids. She 
says that it has been an amazing year 
for her! Gail Mesdag is still in AK and 
working as a bookkeeper for Juneau 
Trial Courts. 

Katrina Balding Bills is living in 
Leesburg, VA, with Kevin and a small 
zoo of animals, including her horse 
Fella (also a SBC alum!). She is enjoy- 
ing her success as a Mary Kay consult- 
ant. Fox hunting and riding daily keep 
her busy while waiting for her 2nd free 
car to arrive from MK. She was a 
bridesmaid in Cassie Thomas 
Campbell's wedding to Jason and 
enjoyed visiting with the many class- 
mates who were in attendance. Dr. 
Cassie Thomas Campbell finished vet 
school at VA Tech and is now working 
at Peaksview Animal Hospital in 
Lynchburg. She writes, "Jason and I 
are living happily ever after in our 
home in Amherst. The wedding was 
wonderfully romantic!" 

Amy Cook Rexrode married Jason 
7/00 and they just purchased 15 acres 
on a mountaintop in Petersburg, WV. 
She is a K-3 Reading Specialist and 
was recently appointed to a public rela- 
tions committee for the WV State 
Education Assoc, She keeps in touch 
with Margaret Jenkins. Kerry 
Coleman, and me Kerry Coleman is 
engaged to Steven Proksch and is busy 
planning their 7/02 wedding at the SBC 
Chapel. She received her Masters of 
College Student Affairs Administration 
from UGA and is currently working in 
Admissions at SBC as Asst. Director of 
Operations. Lisa DuCharme is still liv- 
ing in Boston with Katy Seder and 
working for Fidelity Investments. She 
thoroughly enjoyed SBC's Centennial 
Celebration 4/01. Lindsy Rollenhagen 
just began her 4th year as a teacher at 
Otter Valley Union H.S. in Brandon, VT. 
She is teaching 10th and 11th grade 
social studies. Over the summer she 
went to Athens. Greece, on a short- 
term mission serving refugees from 
Iran, Iraq, Albania, and Afghanistan. "It 
was an absolutely amazing experience 
and LORD willing I'll be going back!" 

Sarah Betz is busy planning her 
6/02 wedding to Paul Bucciero 
(Clemson '97) in DC. and working on 
house plans for the home they are 
building. She is now living in Charlotte 
and working on her Masters of 
Education in Secondary English at 
Winthrop University. She sees Annette 
Dusenbury. Melanie Chriscoe, and 
Mary-Byrd Schroeder Braun '95 on a 
regular basis Katie Clarkson 
Robertson is in Winston-Salem, NC, 
and working as a Project Lead for 
Wachovia Corp, Her husband Mark is 
now managing their horse breeding 
farm full time. Alison Hall is still in 
Auburn, living with her sister, and 



working as the Cultural Arts Director 
for the city. She is starting to look for 
jobs in a new city, perhaps in NC or 
SC. As for me, I'm now living in 
Somerset, PA, and working as Asst. 
Director of Alumni Programs at 
Frostburg State University in MD. I'm 
also very busy preparing for my 12/01 
wedding to Chris Burtner in 
Hagerstown. MD. Alison will be my 
maid of honor and Katie Clarkson 
Robertson, Amy Cook Rexrode, 
Melanie Chriscoe, and Jessica Hiveley 
will all be my beautiful bridesmaids. 
Many other SBC friends have been 
invited. 

The next time we share our lives 
with one another will be at our five- 
year reunion, May 17-19, 2002. 1 hope 
each of you will mark your calendars 
and make every effort to attend. 
Catching up in person is much more 
fun than reading a few lines about a 
friend's life in the Alumnae Magazine! I 
know I can't wait to visit with each of 
you in the spring!! Until then, take care 
and GOD bless! 



2000 



Secretary: Alison Stockdale 

Marlena Koper is currently 
enrolled as a Masters Student in the 
Zoology program at Miami University 
in Ohio. Marlena is studying spiders 
and different aspects of terrestrial ecol- 
ogy. Marlena also writes that she miss- 
es everyone. 

Liz Keating is a ninth and tenth 
grade English teacher at Walt Whitman 
High School in Bethesda, MD. Liz lives 
with Tarrah Kehm. who is working for 
the Washington Times. Tarrah is cur- 
rently on a special report proiect in 
Ecuador. 

Also out of the country, Katie 
Cesarz writes that after a year of sub- 
stitute teaching, she has decided to go 
to grad school and is currently attend- 
ing St. Andrews University in Scotland 
for a Masters in Art History. 

Sarah Lester is still living in 
Lynchburg, VA, working at her moth- 
er's art gallery and studio, Spun Earth 
Pottery. After working through the 
application process for over a year 
Sarah has been accepted into the 
Peace Corps. She will be leaving for 
the Philippines in 1/02 where she will 
be teaching basic small business skills. 

Holly Wilmeth has another year in 
Hokkaido, Japan with the JETS pro- 
gram. Holly will be finished in 7/02 and 
is excited about doing something new. 
Holly has also been doing research on 
Cambodia and traveled all summer 
2001 in East Asia where she saw 
Benedicte Valentin for a little in 
Bangkok airport between different des- 
tinations! 

Melissa Fauber is currently teach- 
ing second grade at Pleasant View 
Elementary in Amherst County. She is 
working on her M.Ed, in curriculum 
and instruction from UVA with an 
anticipated graduation date of 5/02. 



Also Melissa will be married on 
6/29/02 to Jack Carter (H-SC '00). 
Bridesmaids will include Tracy Kitchen 
Harris (SBC '99) and Carla Fitzgerald 
(SBC '01). 

Lucy Brooks is teaching 4th grade 
at Smith-Barnes Elementary in 
Stockbndge, GAand loving it! Lucy is 
in school for her teaching certification, 
and will enter a Master's program in 
fall 2002. Lucy writes that her sister 
Leah (SBC'01) is working as a 
Financial Advisor in Atlanta/Marietta, 
and is doing well. Lucy talks with 
Christine Bump fairly often. In 8/01, 
Christine completed the master's in 
public health portion of her joint 
JD/MPH degree at Emory University. 
While getting her master's she had the 
incredible opportunity to work at the 
Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention in Atlanta. Christine began 
her first year of law school 8/27/01 and 
loves it so far. She says it's time con- 
suming but she's thriving on the sub- 
ject matter. Bump is also singing with a 
community choir and was a bridesmaid 
in Emily Taylor's wedding to Jim 
Boatright in 6/01. Bump keeps in touch 
with Taylor, as well as Ginny Gilbert 
Bump writes that she is pleased to 
hear that our class is doing so well! 

Erin Wright lives in Fairfax, VA with 
Sarah Foley (SBC'01 ) and works as a 
programmer for SRA International. Erin 
is coaching the JV girls soccer team at 
Westfield High School and a U-17 girls 
select team from Reston, VA. 

Katie Wright is keeping busy at a 
Public Relations Firm in Alexandria, VA 
and recently received a promotion. 
Katie is working with a new group 
called the Foundation for the Defense 
of Democracy, which is a think tank 
focused on researching the best way to 
eradicate terrorism. Katie works with 
people like Steve Forbes, Jack Kemp, 
and Cliff May (former RNC 
Communications Director). Katie also 
works with other well known conserva- 
tive commentators like Ann Coulter, 
Robert "Bud" McFarland, and Brent 
Bozell. Katie has moved back to her 
home town of Warrenton, VA and loves 
living out in the country again. Katie 
keeps in touch with Jackie Hauslein, 
Ashley Hill. Emily Pegues and Carol 
Skrilotf, and can report all are doing 
well. 

Carol Skrilotf is still living in NY 
working for Smith Barney Asset man- 
agement as a Portfolio Associate. Carol 
had been working in one of the World 
Trade Buildings on the 42nd floor on 
9/1 1 /01 . Carol writes that her whole 
world has been changed since that day 
and she is currently in an emergency 
recovery center in NJ but should be 
going back into the city soon. Carol is 
still playing soccer and is going to New 
Orleans with Renee Dupre and Laurie 
Evans in late 10/01. 

In 1/01. Sarah Ogden. her husband 
and 4-year-old son, Jamie, welcomed 
their second son, Will into this world. 
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is still working at R-MWC as the 
Assistant Registrar 

From up north Vicki Zak writes that 
she is living in Providence, Rl, near 
Brown University, and working at 
Fidelity Investments as a financial rep- 
resentative. In summer 2001, Vicki had 
the chance to explore Maine and their 
lobster, Vicki plans on spending this 
winter on the ski slopes of Vermont 
and Canada with her boyfriend Ben, 
who's an avid skier. 

Sarah Moshenek Ponton, living in 
Schuyler, VA, is teaching French at 
Nelson County High School. Anne 
Torrence Camden is also teaching in 
Nelson County, VA at Tye River 
Elementary School where she is a 
fourth grade teacher. Anne is also tak- 
ing graduate classes at Lynchburg 
College. 

Alicia Hart writes that she is 
engaged to Michael Palmore (HSC '97) 
and will be married on 7/20/02. 

Lacey Banis's name is on the 
masthead of US Weekly, as a 
Researcher. Lacey got engaged to 
William Yarnall, Jr, and a wedding is 
set for 10/19/02. 

Melissa Bellan is in her 2nd year 
of law school at SMU. She is doing law 
review and participating in moot court 
and mock trial with both on and off 
campus teams. Jeremy and Melissa are 
enjoying Dallas, TX and just got a 
puppy. Melissa is also job searching 
for the summer. 

Laura Wessells Rose is still living 
with husband Byron in Colorado 
Springs, CO and recently bought a 
house. They really love it. In 7/01, they 
went back to VA to visit family and 
friends. Laura caught up with Sarah 
Cunningham while there. In 8/01. 
Laura started a new job at a school. 
Laura and Byron have visited Santa Fe, 
NM and have also been taking advan- 
tage of local attractions, like Pike's 
Peak. Laura is going to give skiing a try 
sometime this winter and hopefully 
won't break anything! 

Mo Robertson writes that she has 
received her first promotion in her first 
job and her first raise is in the works. 
Mo is a Medical Programs Coordinator 
for Georgetown University Hospital. 
Her primary responsibility is organizing 
the hospital's Grand Rounds. The 
Hospital has 43 different departments 
that hold Grand Rounds weekly and 
Mo is very busy. Outside of work, Mo 
has been attending a Bible study group 
every Tuesday where she sees Melissa 
Henning '99 and Tina Hansel '99. After 
recent events, Mo is currently seeking 
new employment which will allow her 
to directly impact peoples' lives. 

Anne-Ryan Sinnott is working at a 
back-up Child Care Center in 
Washington, DC and is also in graduate 
school at Marymount University focus- 
ing on the education of learning dis- 
abled students. Anne-Ryan keeps in 
touch with Kimberly Earehart. Holly 
Wilmeth, and Katie Cesarz. 

Alissa Harris is living in 



Washington, DC working for a televi- 
sion production company and working 
on an independent documentary proj- 
ect. The documentary is about a com- 
munity theater company performing 
"Comedy of Errors". Alissa is applying 
to film schools and planning on relo- 
cating to Boston in 2002. Alissa keeps 
in touch with Jessi Livingston who is 
in CA working for an outreach pro- 
gram. 

Amanda Ankerman is currently on 
a rotation in DC this winter, working in 
International Agreements for the Navy. 
Amanda continues to take courses 
towards a Masters in International 
Management. During summer 2001, 
Amanda was able to visit with 
Evangeline Easterly, and in 5/01 had a 
mini-reunion with some SBC-ers in 
Nashville, TN. 

Dina Orbison writes that she is still 
working at Disneyland with the horses 
but is looking into internships/grad 
schools. Dina is also training horses 
and teaching some kids with her train- 
er in California. 

Amanda Atkinson is working on 
her masters degree in higher education 
administration at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Education. To support her- 
self, she is working in residence life at 
Simmons College, a women's college 
in the Fenway area of Boston. Amanda 
also writes that over the summer Noah 
had Jackie Chatham write a song for 
one of Noah's children's productions. 
Rapunzel. The song was a hit with the 
actors and audience. Jackie has a very 
professional looking website at 
www.jackiechatham.com. 

Alison Cooper moved to central 
Florida this summer after spending the 
spring teaching environmental educa- 
tion to visiting school groups at a 
camp in the Pocono Mountains in 
Pennsylvania. In fall 2001. she worked 
on a crew to connect different sections 
of the Florida National Scenic Trail. In 
time, this trail will hopefully span the 
entire state. 

Gregor Lee is working in bank 
marketing and dancing with a modern 
company in Asheville. NC and still dat- 
ing Justyn. Gregor keeps in touch with 
Laurie Evans, Renee Dupre, Tara 
Putegnat. Tara has graduated from the 
University of Texas and is currently 
teaching at a private elementary school 
in Brownsville, TX. 

In 8/01 , Emily Pegues started 
working in Alexandria, VA for Art 
Services International with alum Lynn 
Rogerson'76. Their organization organ- 
izes traveling art shows for museums 
around the world. Emily is learning 
how to produce the exhibition catalogs. 
Emily is living with Erin Vlasaty '99. 

Kibbyjane Bryenton was wed to 
Donnie Fergusson on 10/6/01 in 
Asheville, NC. Donnie and Kibbyjane 
live in Virginia Beach, VA and Kibby 
works for Ethan Allen. 

Susan Bobb is in Charlottesville, 
VA at UVA getting her masters in lin- 
guistics and is happy to be back in VA 



again. 

Tatum Webb's mom emailed me 
and says that Tatum is enjoying her 
Peace Corps assignment in Micronesia. 
She is working in their environmental 
program on the island of Palau. 

I see Beth Rice Kinnamon often 
and know she and husband Justin are 
expecting their second child in 3/02. 
Beth and family still reside in 
Woodbridge. VA. 

Petrina Johns writes that it's 
always refreshing to hear from SBC. In 
5/01, Petrina purchased a three bed- 
room, two bathroom house in New 
Orleans, LA. 

Kim Harden is in the 2nd and final 
year of her master's degree program in 
school counseling at the University of 
Maryland. After graduation in 5/02, 
Kim is planning on traveling over to 
Great Britain with Kristen Lawlor to 
visit Katie Cesarz Kim also still keeps 
in touch with Ginny Gilbert, who is 
now living and working in the DC area. 

Anita Allen is residing in 
Mitchellville. MD. Anita is working for 
the Office of Personnel Management in 
Washington, DC, where she drafts and 
enforces human resource policy for all 
government agencies. 

Andrea Fulgham writes that in 
5/02, she will receive a masters in 
Health and Kinesiology with an empha- 
sis on Sports Psychology from Georgia 
Southern University. On 7/13/02, 
Andrea will wed Brian Copeland in 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Benedicte Valentin interned as a 
reporter at her local newspaper in 
Limoges, and is now doing an intern- 
ship in a small publishing company in 
Paris (until 12/01). Benedicte should 
be graduating from "Sciences Po" in 
7/02. She attended Sophie Simonard 
Norman's ('97) wedding in 9/01 in 
Paris. 

Noelle Lotano writes that she and 
Kent Speedy are getting married May 
25, 2002. 

As for me, I am currently employed 
as a Special Investigator for United 
States Investigations Services. My 
company provides background checks 
for the federal government. My 
boyfriend. Scott Sisk and I recently 
purchased a home in Woodbridge. VA 
and were delighted to have some 
SBCers over. Keep the updates rolling 
in, I love hearing what everyone is up 
to. 



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THE SWEET BRIAR TRADITION 



Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 

When Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 ascended the 
steps of the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2001 as a 
national spokesperson on behalf of all charitable organ- 
izations, she was carrying on a long tradition of Sweet 
Briar advocacy for philanthropy. A retired marketing executive, a for- 
mer Alumnae Association president and member of the Board of 
Directors who now chairs the Planned Giving Committee. Nannette 
was in Washington to promote legislation on charitable donations, 
specifically, the IRA Rollover for Charitable Purposes which is part of 
a bill referred to as CARE. The bill, which enjoys White House and 
bipartisan support, is on the Congressional legislative schedule for dis- 
cussion during the spring 2002 session. 

"Passage of this legislation would allow individuals 67 and older to 
make either an outright gift to a charity from an IRA or to roll it over 
into a charitable remainder trust from which they receive lifetime 
income. The possibilities for change are enormous. Even now. 
though." noted Nannette. "charitable gifts of retirement assets — IRAs. 
401 (k) plans and other retirement plans — are a sound estate planning 
strategy, allowing donors to use assets that are subject, in certain cir- 
cumstances, to up to 80% taxation if left to heirs other than spouses." 

President Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld praised Nannette for her involve- 
ment in this pending charitable giving legislation: "If this bill passes, it 
will make available trillions of dollars in retirement assets nationally 
for donors to use during their lifetimes — and for our alumnae to make 
gifts that will provide scholarships, program funding, and capital needs 
to maintain the quality of education and co-curricular life at Sweet 
Briar College." 

Nannette created an endowed scholarship in April 2000 in honor of the presi- 
dents of the Alumnae Association of Sweet Briar College, with preference given 
to students majoring in European history or international affairs. "Being able to 
donate directly to my scholarship from my IRA now would allow me to go gang- 




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would allow me 

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scholarship going." 

— Nannette M. Crowdus '57 



gin enjoying 
Sweet Briar a beneficiary of her IRA after her death. 

"As president of the Alumnae Association, Nannette was tireless in her work 
for Sweet Briar, traveling extensively to Alumnae Club functions. She was also 
instrumental in passing a comprehensive strategic plan for the Association, and 
was responsible for soliciting the funding from an anonymous donor to renovate 
the former Boxwood Inn as the Boxwood Alumnae House." said Director of the 
Alumnae Association Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80. 

"Nannette lives, breathes, and eats Sweet Briar." says classmate Nancy 
Godwin Baldwin '57. A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate, Nannette 
was a British history major who served as editor of the Sweet Briar News and 
was elected to Tau Phi and the May Court, as well as participating in many other 
activities as an undergraduate. Since graduation, she has served her class as pres- 
ident and reunion gifts chairman. While on the Board of Directors, she served on 
the Executive and Finance and Investment Committees and chaired the 
Admissions Committee. She will be honored at her 45th Reunion in May 2002 as 
the recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Alumna Award. With her husband. Bill, she 
has retired from Michigan to Madison. Virginia, to be closer to children and 
grandchildren in Washington. D.C. and Connecticut. 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 
ALUMNAE COLLEGE 

2002 

Immerse yourself in the sheer pleasure 

of intellectual pursuit this summer 

at Alumnae College 

Designed to challenge the intellect and refresh the spirit, 

the Alumnae College program welcomes alumnae, parents, and friend 

to its residential weeklong series of lectures and events on campus — 

each focusing on a single theme and led by a member 

of the Sweet Briar faculty. 



The 60s: From Montgomery to Watergate 
June 9-14, 2002 

CHAIR: Dr. Michael Richards, Hattie Mae Samford Professor 
of History and Chair of the History Department 

Opera: Musical, Political and Cultural Event 
June 23-28, 2002 

CHAIR: Allen Huszti, Professor of Music 





lecture sessions, thought , 
cussion, creative and challenging group 
activity, ample breaks and 
tree time, and a relaxed evening of 
cocktails, dinner, and \isiting with par- 
ticipating faculty and friends. 
Participants stay at the recently- 
renovated Florence Elston Inn and 
Conference Center — a comfortable, lux- 
urious experience. Meals are served at 
the Conference Center, beginning with 
an opening reception and dinner on 
Sunday, and concluding with a farewell 
breakfast on Friday. 

For further information contact: 

Ann MacDonald Carter '97, 

Director of Alumnae College Programs 

phone: (434)381-6242 

fax:(434)381-6132 
e-mail: acarter@sbc.edu